Life Inside


I'm on Death Row for Punching a Man

After three decades, I feel like I’m dying a slow death.


The #MeToo Movement Has Reached Prison

Prisoners have remained silent – some out of shame, others out of fear of retaliation, but most because that’s just the way it’s always been.


All The Ways Being White Helped Me Avoid Prison

As a young, educated white girl, I confused everyone I encountered in law enforcement.


What Kindness Means to Death Row Inmates Like Me

Human beings insist on being social creatures, no matter how much you indoctrinate or denigrate them.


Portrait of an Unrepentant Murderer in Prison

I would never wish it on anyone, but there are just some people you can tell will be back in prison over and over again.


The Inmate I Took Under My Wing Didn't Survive Prison

I failed to realise that staying out of trouble is as much about mental health as it is about physical safety.


All the Crazy Things I Saw in Prison During Hurricane Harvey

We were stuck in a ghost town, and ours were the only lives left.


How I Survived Cancer in Prison

I fought first for my rights, and then for my life.


The Brutal Politics of Snitching in Prison

It sounds simple, but I’ve seen guys who called themselves “rat smashers” pick the wrong rat to smash.


A Minute by Minute Guide to Surviving a Day in Prison

You could get butchered and the guards wouldn’t know it until they discovered your bloodless corpse lying crumpled on the walkway.


I Learned to Play Violin in Prison

Then I used music to grieve my father's death.


My Prison Confiscated a 'Game of Thrones' Book Because Maps

I guess I won’t be escaping to Westeros!