Human Me

Stink, Stank, Stunk… by Rory Andes

Since our prison has experienced a wide ranging quarantine that originated in our kitchen, roughly one quarter of our population has been relegated to being allowed one hour out per day for a shower, a phone call, mail and cell cleaning. Some people are pretty efficient and can do it all. Some, like my direct …

Trans Prisoners : We Have Our Own Voice (but thanks anyway) by Ruth Utnage

Trans prisoners seem to be a new flavor for organizers to cut their teeth on. Google the term and anything but the words of an actual trans prisoner emerge. Why?Perhaps its because we are locked up and in our incarcerated and sometimes desperate state we accept being spoken for by strangers. At least that way …

On the Annoying Topic of Prison Fame by Christopher Havens

Well, it’s good and it’s bad… and I certainly have a case of it. First, it feels good because people think what I do is amazing, and it feels good to know that of the thousands of prisoners everywhere, *I’m* one of the few that’s blazing the trail, showing people how time can be better …

Ruth’s Place… by Rory Andes

I met Ruth at a place that she designated. It was an amazing place for dinner among her friends with beautiful artwork and brilliant track lighting (I seem to associate track lighting with fancy eateries). Much of the room was Christmas decorated. As we sat at a table tucked in a large room blocked by …

What’s Prison Like? by Ruth Utnage

I wish I could answer with an answer that compels the reader to believe prison is solely what you make of it. You can be happy anywhere all the time type of answer. You know, be happy and fake it until you make it type of thing. Like hard days don’t happen to the strongest …

What Does Life Look Like? by Christopher Havens

A few months back, I was asked by a friend about what life looks like for me in prison. This was my answer. I’m sharing this because my answer today would be much different. Events have been occurring for me, one after the other that bring me to the realization that there really are no …

Changes I Would Like To See Happen In Incarceration by Ruth Utnage

I am a proponent of taking responsibility for your actions. You do something wrong, illegal or otherwise hurtful you should take responsibility. In the words of Albert Camus “…I note everyday that integrity has no need of rules.” (The Myth of Sisyphus, pg. 49). This is why prisons are here. While I would like to …