Notes from the Land of Oz

The First Week's Rent

Alvah was a small sixty-something guy who looked even smaller in his oversized prison-issue jeans jacket, hands stuffed deep in the pockets.

Take Me As I Am

The first time I met Chris was at a rehearsal for the Catholic choir. Chris was from Kentucky. I figured maybe he was a lapsed Baptist or Methodist - definitely not a Catholic. But, most of us in the choir weren’t Catholic. We just wanted to sing and the choir was a respite from the daily grind of prison.

Geriatric Prison

Prisons all over the country are trying to figure out how to deal with an aging inmate population. Consecutive sentences and aggressive prosecution of crimes that put middle-aged men in prison, have resulted in many more grandfathers spending their golden years behind bars at the New Hampshire State Prison.

Prison Welcome

A new inmate is delivered to prison like a parcel. The Receiving and Dignostics Unit at the New Hampshire State Prison is a four-story brick cellblock attached to the north side of the grim nineteenth-century main building.

Syndicate content