Human Me

What Are You Most Afraid Of? (A reader posed question) by Ruth Utnage

A few days ago a friend of mine (and reader of HumanMe) posed this question to me (summarized): It’s been said that people fear death more than anything, I’d fear suffering more, personally. What were you most afraid of at the time you committed your offense? I feared neither suffering nor death. I’ve been tortured …

Travel Compromised… by Rory Andes

It’s always apparent that life is what you make it. If you see it as bad, it is. If you see the beauty, it’s beautiful. But it’s all perspective. It’s a command of the self to see both what is and what could be. It’s within each of us to find the positive potential of …

I Will Not Hide, Not Ashamed I Was In Prison- I’m Thankful by Ruth Utnage

I will not hide my prison time after I release. I am an American, a parent, a grandparent, a friend, a lover, a Seahawks and Mariners fan. I love vanilla ice cream, baking, blackberries…ooh I love blackberries. I am also formerly incarcerated for a sex offense. I am all of these things. I have learned …

Vaxxtastrophy… by Rory Andes

Let me start by saying, I’m vaccinated against Covid. I felt reasonably informed and made a free and personal choice to put a substance into my body that is supposed to be of medicinal assistance to me. I understood the potential negative effects and searched myself for the acceptance to move forward with the vaccine. …

Why Did The HumanMe Website Change So Much? by Ruth Utnage

HumanMe has undergone significant changes over the past 3 years. We’ve had several new looks and that has caused some confusion in some of our readers. I wanted to take a moment and explain. Because HumanMe and its concept was developed in prison our resources are limited. Convincing a web developer to create our vision …

I Will Not Hide, Not Ashamed I Was In Prison- I’m Thankful by. Ruth Utnage

I will not hide my prison time after I release. I am an American, a parent, a grandparent, a friend, a lover, a Seahawks and Mariners fan. I love vanilla ice cream, baking, and blackberries…ooh I love blackberries. I am also formerly incarcerated for a sex offense. I am all of these things. I have …

The Prison Punk On A Property Matrix (caution, potentially offensive language ahead!) by Ruth Utnage

First, some definitions: A “property matrix” is a document recording all of an inmates allowable ‘in-cell’ personal items. If it’s not on that matrix, it’s contraband to some degree. A “punk” is someone forced into prostitution. Keyword, forced. They don’t have to be gay or bi or trans. They can be straight and simply overpowered, …

Does A Prisoner Have To Better Themselves In Prison? by Ruth Utnage

Question: Does a prisoner have to better themselves in prison? Answer: No. Everyone has choices. Many who come to prison choose to not do something that will better them. Most *CHOOSE* to do near nothing. They lift weights, play cards, gamble on sports, or get involved in prison gang garbage. Some choose to better themselves. …