Human Me

Alien Spaceship in Omaha by Ruth Utnage

When I was little, around 4 or 5, my mom, her then boyfriend Tony, and I were driving somewhere in Omaha. It was late and I was tired. I had the whole backseat to myself, since it was the 80’s, almost nobody wore seat belts and I was kneeling with my stomach against the back …

Yeah, I Got Dreams by Ruth Utnage

Dreans so big that When I get there don’t nobody know how To reach me Except a select few Yeah, I got dreams Dreams so big that Everything looks beautiful From my view Easy Yeah, I got dreams Dreams so big that My existence challenges The word impossible Im’ma big ass deal Yeah, I got …

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 …

Correction Officers License To Abuse: If you don’t like what’s happening, you shouldn’t have come to prison by Ruth Utnage

I am going to talk about a highly controversial topic, correctional officer abuse of authority. I spend an extraordinary amount of effort humanizing correction officials. I don’t want to leave prison in 4 months with the lasting impression that authorities are untrustworthy or “bad” so I don’t practice that mentality now. Correctional employees have 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 …

I Need Help From The Mathematics Community! by Ruth Utnage

I need some help from the mathematics community, I need an Algebra text book. I know it seems basic, but I get out in 4 months and will be returning to college and I need to push on with my math studies. While I am a smart girl, I struggle with things like roots and …

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 …

Releasing From Prison: Do We Forget Our Prison Experiences? by Ruth Utnage

There’s this phenomenon with most prisoners that anyone who’s been in prison understands intimately: when someone your close to releases from prison and then doesn’t contact you while you’re still in. It hurts, a lot. I remember when I first fell in 2011 I came in and found someone I liked and we dated for …