Human Me

Juvenile Lifers… by Rory Andes

I watched a powerful program the other night on juveniles who were convicted to life sentences and the impact that changing laws may have on them. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a bit fickle about crime and justice media programming because it’s so biased in one direction. Victim stories are incredible pieces, but most …

Nearly Impossible… by Rory Andes

These words are reaching you through the love and compassion of another human being. It’s done via a paid service, to the help of someone who believes I matter. Trust when I say that every word you read here is at the grace of someone else… What does it take for someone in prison to …

Crime Isn’t Entertainment… by Rory Andes

Recently, I saw advertisements for a show on the Lifetime channel called “Cellmate Secrets”. Lifetime… Wow. To me, this is an absolute low. In most states, the people convicted of crime aren’t allowed to profit in any way from the crime(s) they committed. And rightfully so. It’s a very well paved moral high road. Yet, …

The Echoes of a Haunted Soul… by Rory Andes

I have no idea how most states handle parole, but in Washington, parole is largely used for those that commit sexual based offenses. But it absolutely isn’t sitting in a room of smiling prison officials saying things like, “Well, your behavior for the last few years is great. You must be rehabilitated!” It’s not a …

Brittney Spears Denied… by Rory A

On June 30, I caught the news story that Brittney Spears was denied her rights to be free of a conservatorship over her. It was really shocking to me that anyone who can make millions of dollars, does so without any ownership of her profession, her decisions, even her body. This is third world slavery …

Quietness… A human right? by Rory Andes

One of the most mentally taxing parts of a prison is the noise. The sounds of metal groaning, banging, slamming, yelling, angry people doing angry things… It causes traumas in a lot of inmates. My dear friend and fellow writer, Marshall, experienced the worst of these things and came away from prison very affected by …

Domestic Terrorism… by Rory Andes

The words “domestic terrorism” seems to link most American minds to the extremists harbored on a compound in the woods, somewhere in the middle of uncivilized territory. But I have a group that should be put on domestic terrorism status that live in almost every city across America. Gangs. Gang violence is a scourge throughout …

Mask Mandates… by Rory Andes

“Get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do.” – Pres. Joe Biden May 12, 2021 As the nation largely removes their masks coming into this year’s Independence Day weekend, the credit for such large scale relief belongs to the vaccine that makes the masks irrelevant. It makes sense. If you can’t catch or pass …

John Hinckley Jr… by Rory Andes

Last week I saw a news story about John Hinckley Jr starting his own YouTube channel were he showcases his guitar playing while performing songs he has written. Very cool idea. Many people do this and some wonderful talent has been cultivated from YouTube. While John Hinckley isn’t a Justin Bieber or Billie Eilish, he’s …

Reentry Syndrome… by Rory Andes

Last week I was flipping channels and landed on a national news station, CNN, and they were talking about the problems with opening up America after the pandemic. It turns out, there’s a large portion of society that struggles to fit back into daily public life again. A trip to the grocery store is fraught …