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Public perception of the institutionally challenged by Christopher Havens

  Society at large has an opinion of the institutionally challenged. I believe that the public perception of us is slightly inaccurate. Indeed many inmates provide justification for the negative stigma. I do not think it’s within my power to sway the public opinion into feeling differently. Instead, I would offer you a glimpse into …

Confessions Of White Privilege by Jeff Utnage

White privilege is a term used to describe, usually unintended, racial bias. It is when more whites get into a school than other races. It is most Fortune 500 Board positions are white men, it is sitting in a Starbucks for a business meeting and the police not being called on you and the police …

Thoughts On Monogamy From A Polyamorous Believer by Jeff Utnage

I believe in polyamorous relationships. That is, relationships where 3 or more people love one another equally and have equal stakes in the relationship. This differs from polygamy greatly, which is there is a head with multiple spouses with some sort of ranking (usually) and the spouses have no intimate dealings (other than singularly sharing …

We Can Travel To Space But We Cannot Master The Carafe? by Jeff Utnage

I have a hotpot, an electric water carafe that heats water up to a specified temperature. When I go to pour water out into my cup and make my mornings instant coffee, water inevitably drips down the side and onto the counter in the middle of my pour.Since it is just water I do not …

What Beautiful People by Jeff Utnage

Every now and then I get to witness the humanity that is in our DNA. Truthfully it is always present, I must set aside myself to see it properly. I have people in my life who care deeply about me. They challenge themselves and the society around them to defy the notion that one must …

Is Speaking Directly And To-The-Point A Negative Effect Of Confinement? by Jeff Utnage

Since I have been in prison I have developed a habit, speaking very pointedly. This has occurred for multiple reasons. One major reason is everyone says they are so busy. It’s like the entire world is so busy they don’t have five minutes to listen to anyone else and help them solve some “thing.” The …

What’s My Role In This Relationship? A Gender Non-Conformists Questions On The Roles Of Men and Women by Jeff Utnage

I am not quite a woman. However, I am not exactly a man. Oh sure, I have male anatomy but is that all we are now, genitals? I am not confused about who I am, I know who I am, I am a mixed-gender person. But, in a relationship…well, this is where things get hard …

Not All Inmates Are The Same: Abolishment Of The “Convict Code” by Jeff Utnage

The “convict code” is a term used to describe expected behaviours of prisoners. It is universal and no matter what prison you go to there are basic rules you are expected to follow, here are the lion’s share of them:1. Don’t talk to police2. Stay within your race, on everything3. You are not to walk …

If I Built A Prison #2 (September 2018 Theme) by Jeff Utnage “Jeffebelle”

Would you consider imprisonment a crime against humanity? I would. I committed a crime, yes. I knew the punishment was imprisonment, yes. Yet despite that, I still committed a crime. So has over 2 million other people who are currently incarcerated. I state that because if imprisonment in its current state was effective, then prisons …

If I Built A Prison: September 2018 Theme by Jeff Utnage

I have often pondered what would make prison a more effective rehabilitation tool. Let us be completely honest here, if prison effectively rehabilitated felons, then prisons would have worked themselves out of a need hundreds of years ago. So the logical conclusion is that prison administration is FAILING. So what would make it work? That …