Prison Stories

Life in the belly of the beast is rough. Forget “OZ” and “Prison Break.” Read these true raw and brutal tales about living in the netherworld of corruption and violence.

Attorney General Eric Holder Announces New Rules for Federal Halfway Houses

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*Writer’s note- I wrote this shortly before I was released. In an upcoming feature I will discuss what I experienced and what the reality is for prisoners coming home like myself. I am about to complete a 25 year federal drug sentence in the Bureau of Prisons for a Continuing Criminal Enterprise charge that I pled guilty to in 1991. After all ... [Continue Reading]

Is Prison Scary by K.L. Blakinger

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“Is prison scary?” That’s a question people ask me all the time. And no, it’s really not. Or at least, in women’s prison it’s not scary in the ways you’d expect. For the most part, it’s just really, really bizarre. I did a little under two years in New York State prisons after getting arrested for heroin possession in 2010. Although my life ... [Continue Reading]

Penitentiary Justice by Judge Broman

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"Yo Hipster, that knew guy is a fuckin cho-mo!" Stanley, a 60-year-old bank robber from Boston says to me as soon as I came inside from rec. "Who?" I ask, scanning the unit for the degenerate. "That piece of shit right there." Stanley says with a nod, as the pedophile came walking out of the counselors office. "Jesus, he's rocking the ... [Continue Reading]

Rotting in Prison by K.L. Blakinger

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“I hope you rot in prison forever. Haha.” That was one of about fifty similar messages – from complete strangers -- waiting in my Facebook inbox after my arrest. Aside from the personal messages, there were a slew of nasty comments in forums, calling me everything from “the trashiest human being I’ve ever seen” to a skank to a parasite to, more ... [Continue Reading]

The Heroin Chronicles

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When I first entered the netherworld of corruption and violence in October, 1993 I had a 304 month sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense. With the War on Drugs in high gear, I was just another number to be crunched in the revved up machinery of the criminal justice system. It didn't matter who I was or what I wanted, the only thing ... [Continue Reading]

Adam and Steve

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Writer's Note: My ideas and expressions, through my writings are not to discriminate or insult those who feel some sort of way because of my harsh remarks. I'm only pinpointing truths and actual facts. It is my right to voice my views. So do not hold that against me, for this topic will offend many. So don't get upset and start protesting with the, ... [Continue Reading]

FAMM’s Long Battle Against the Draconian Sentencing Regime

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Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has been fighting for fair and proportionate federal and state sentencing laws that embrace judicial discretion while guarding public safety, since the early 1990s. With two million people in prison in this country FAMM has a lot of constituents to fight for. ... [Continue Reading]

Prison Noir

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TRAP by Eric Boyd Allegheny County Jail - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The first night was in the processing area.I desperately tried making phone calls,but the phone system only worked if you already had a wristband with a docket-identification number.You had to already be in jail to use the phones and make calls to try getting out of ... [Continue Reading]

The Growth of Administrative Segregation Units in Prison

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With the announcement of ADX Thomson, a new federal Supermax prison opening within the next two years, the Bureau of Prisons will boast two ultra-secure Supermax facilities. These units often referred to as "Little Guantanamo's" have grown popular with prison officials in recent years and are referred to by several different acronyms- ADX, SMU, ... [Continue Reading]

MP3 Players: The New Drug for Federal Prisoners

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Federal prisoners are now allowed one very personal item that had been traditionally checked at the door when they began serving hard time: music. With the advent of the Internet, social media, iPhones and Facebook, most prisoners serving decades of their lives, due to the governments misguided War on Drugs, have been left out of the world’s ... [Continue Reading]