prison stories


Former Inmates Tell Us About the Weirdest Things They Saw in Prison

"A pillowcase full of severed pigeon heads had been discovered in the inmate's cell."
Nick Chester

A Prison Bookie Explains How Inmates Gamble on the Super Bowl

Eddie runs a betting pool, also known as a "ticket," in federal prison, and says he's made about $7,000 in less than a year.

​What It’s Like to Form a Band in Prison

It's rare to find the equipment and playing partners you need to make music behind bars, but a rock trio called the Institution managed it.
Seth Ferranti

My Memories of Christmas in Prison Are Dark and Complex

Even in a nicer prison, there are reminders everywhere that Christmas in lockup is about as real a holiday as the plastic needles on our fake trees.​
Robert Rosso

We Asked Former Inmates What It's Like to Deal with a Parole Officer

"They will tell you what you want to hear so you begin to trust them or think of them as a friend. Then they use what you share with them against you. They work for the government. They're goddamn cops. I have to remember that. I can't be their friend."
Seth Ferranti
The Embargo Issue

Tranny in a Man’s Jail

My friend Kira is a 28-year-old transsexual who recently became a free woman after spending three years in New York’s worst men’s prison.
Vito Fun
The Music Issue


After having this next to my toilet for a few days I realized this book of numbers is written by a fucking idiot that doesn't know anything about the numbers.
Jesse Pearson, Gavin McInnes, Donna Evans, Eddie Al