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The Gay Battlefront: Not-So-Hidden Bias

Like persons of color, gays face hidden bias. This is where opinions are formed about someone based on a characteristic like gender, race, sexuality, or religion. Usually that hidden bias translates to special treatment or preference for one group of people and the marginalization of another. For example, if you are Mormon and own a …

Prison: Actively Occurring Trauma

As inmates we associate the reality of prison with normalcy as a coping mechanism. We tell ourselves that it is normal to keep eating when someone is being beat to death or pepper sprayed. That maybe he even had it coming. We tell each other to man up and stop whining about it when we …

Prison Pride Event: 6-21-2018

Happy Pride!  Pride month is special to many of us, even those who are locked up. I have been given the honor of participating in the history making event right here in prison. This was our second annual Pride Event where inmates got to celebrate this wonderful culture. I am proud to say there were …

Racism: We Have Come A Long Way, But…

Books like To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee or Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck are windows into Americas past. They show a clear, and ugly, picture of what once was. When you watch Roots, the same thing emerges, a clear window of how it used to be. When you compare that to …

For Everyone Thinking About Visiting A Prisoner, Read This First!

Have you been thinking about visiting an inmate? Maybe they are a relative, an ex-lover, a potential new lover, or someone you’ve seen on social media or other mediums. There is all kinds of ways one might know an inmate. Regardless of how, there is a little reservation about visitations. The thought of coming to a …

All is Dust By James Cody Goodwin

All is dust All is dust, A desert storm, obscuring my path. You are beyond reach, beyond sight. Merely feet away, yet lost to unnatural night. Grasping I find you, without form. Shadows playing tricks, mocking my famished heart. Illusion stirring within mist, resistance rises within me. Fighting for clarity I backwards step, I feel …

Dealing With Difficult PeoplePrison brings a whole new level of difficult personalities. People who have been incarcerated for long periods have special personalities, not all, but many. You can tell those who beat themselves up the most, who had challengingly upbringings because the are the most difficult, in prison.While this assessment is not cast as …