Human Me

Conservatives Consistently Miss Opportunities…

Conservatives Consistently Miss Opportunities… by Rory Andes When it comes to the conservatives’ right leaning views on the criminal justice system, they consistently miss opportunities to be true to the values that they preach. They want safer communities (we all do), but refuse to make the governmental systems that manage it more accountable and cost …

Turn Your Resolutions Into Celebrations…

What if you turn January 1st 2022, and every January 1st thereafter, from a day of your resolutions into a day of your celebrations? This morning I had caught some very subtle wisdom from a news program by a retired Marine, a bomb tech who lost his legs in Afghanistan named Johnny Joey Jones, who …

She Was Found Guilty…

She Was Found Guilty… The Kim Potter verdict came in a few minutes ago and she was found guilty of both first and second degree manslaughter. All the way around it’s tragic. She was convicted because a jury of her peers – not the police kind – deemed that her actions in the death of …

Is Cashless Bail Reform A Reason For Crime?

Is Cashless Bail Reform A Reason For Crime? Is cashless bail reform a reason for new spikes in crime rates? There are plenty on the right that would make the public believe it is. And maybe it could make sense if you didn’t know about the millions bail bondsmen spend annually in lobbying. Bail is …

The Changed and The Blind…

The Changed and The Blind… Drew has served 23 years of a 75 year sentence for a murder he committed just after his 19th birthday. In terms of who he was to who he is, that’s a lifetime ago, a whole generation. But as it’s currently written, his justice called for that time. So Drew …

Secrets of A Formerly Incarcerated Transwoman: The time I called a corrections officer Daddy

I’ve said repeatedly that when I got out of prison I had lots of stories to tell that I couldn’t share while I was still in prison, secrets of a formerly incarcerated transgender woman. Well, I’m out…   I was always astonished at the number of corrections officers that hit on me. I never crossed …

The Problem of Creating “Cultures” of Dangerous Things…

If you walked into a bar and saw someone having a drink, he’s simply a patron. Take that same person, talking incessantly about that drink, maybe wearing clothing brands by the drink maker, and taking photos with drinks, you may suspect that this same person could be an alcoholic, and alcoholism is a bad thing. …

Click-Clack, POW!…

Currently, this prison is experiencing an institution wide Covid lockdown. There’s been confirmed cases in all of the living units, so all of us residents are strictly confined so as to stop the spread. For me, I’m confined to a wing of roughly 75 inmates and 5 service dogs in training. One of the subtle …

84, Charing Cross Road..

After finishing “84, Charing Cross Road” by Helene Hanff, I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the power of correspondence. Hanff, through her own personal accounts, shares the ability to know the people you’ve never met. As an incarcerated person myself, most new friendships I strike up with the world beyond are through the power …

Strange Cravings…

Do you like ice cream? Yes. Do you like chocolate cake? Yep! Who wouldn’t? Do you like swilling pickle juice and spoonfulls of hot sauce? Plain bread covered in just condiments? Maybe not on the last bunch, but I know someone who does. But the strange cravings are real in a place like prison, where …