Living Life: Crime, bikers, prison, and the future

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Living Life: Crime, bikers, prison, and the future by LeRon L. Barton On a Tuesday in San Francisco, California, I was scheduled to meet up with Tony, a guy that answered an ad I placed on Craigslist.org. He and I traded texts on when and where to meet and decided on The Mission, a historically Latino neighborhood  in San Francisco. I’ve always ... [Continue Reading]

Street Boss of the JBM

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Leader of JBM Gets Life, The Philadelphia Inquirer declared on September 16, 1992. Aaron Jones was sentenced to life in prison on charges of conspiring to distribute 100 million dollars worth of cocaine in Philadelphia between 1985 and 1991. His two co-defendants, Fields and Thornton were sentenced under the United States sentencing guidelines to ... [Continue Reading]

Prison in the UK by Niko

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Prison in the UK People hate criminals. Understandably so, because as a civilian if someone put hands on you or someone you love you’d be pissed too. You’d want whoever did this to be caught and taken for a nice, long, all-expenses paid vacation. But with an uninspired menu, rude staff, slow room service and guests unable to leave rooms 23 hours ... [Continue Reading]

The Intangibles of Prison Etiquette by Judge Broman

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There are things that we do in prison that take some time to get use too. The intangibles of prison etiquette is very distinct. Little habits or quirks that don't make all that much sense when you first come inside. But eventually over the years they become as ingrained in your routine as breathing. Or, your eyes get opened REAL quick another ... [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

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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]

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]

Independents- The Biggest White Boy Gang in the Feds

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In the Bureau of Prisons, a variety of gangs exist, recruiting prisoners into their ranks like fraternities and calling shots on compounds across the nation. Joining a gang is not a prerequisite in the feds, but still a lot of prisoners take advantage of the benefits a prison gang offers. These perks include protection, strength in numbers, control ... [Continue Reading]