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.

Ten Types of Inmates You Meet in Women’s Prison


  Ten Types of Inmates you Meet in Women's Prison. Prison is a weird place. There are aspects of prison that are terrifying, depressing, and astounding -- but there are also a lot of things that are just plain weird. For instance, there are certain behaviors and patterns that people develop in prison that can seem strange to an outsider or ... [Continue Reading]

Seth Ferranti on Prison Life

IMG_0383 Seth Ferranti was a U.S. Marshal's Top 15 Most Wanted fugitive from 1991 to 1993 before he was caught and sentenced to 304 months for a first-time, nonviolent LSD offense. Check out this video where Seth describes his incarceration and how he adapted to life inside the belly of the beast. Prison life ... [Continue Reading]



    In light of Dr. Ben Carson's recent remarks on prison, prisoners, and homosexuality I feel it is my duty to set the record straight on this issue. It's getting on my nerves. This is a convicts response to Dr. Ben Carson. Who am I? I am Fridge from Short North. I've been in prison since July 17, 1994. Done time all over this ... [Continue Reading]

Inside a SHU Cell

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The dimensions of the cells in the Special Housing Unit at FCC Forrest City in Arkansas, a low security facility in the Bureau of Prisons Southwest Region are approximately 6-foot-by-9. The walls are painted off white and covered with gang graffiti of the prisoners who previously occupied the cell- LA from SURCO, El Cuate from the Border Brothers, ... [Continue Reading]

Drug Laws Changing


It’s been a long time coming, but finally it seems our government is realizing that the War on Drugs has run its course and that we can't incarcerate ourselves out of the drug problem. During the urban crime crisis of decades ago, federal and state governments cracked down on crime. Tough measures, such as harsh sentencing laws, led to an eight ... [Continue Reading]

The Return of Clemency


A couple of years ago a media investigation revealed that the US Office of the Pardon Attorney was broken. The Office of the Pardon Attorney (OPA) is housed within the Department of Justice (DOJ) and tasked with helping the president review applications for clemency. Clemency means an act of leniency or mercy and can take the form of a pardon, ... [Continue Reading]

Voting Rights for Ex-Cons

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In most states, convicted felons are not able to vote, even after they have served their time. While it’s a statistical fact that many felons recidivate, there are many who return to the world and become law abiding citizens. They have paid their debt to society and learned from their mistakes. In effect, their prison sentences rehabilitated them ... [Continue Reading]

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]