Notes from the Land of Oz

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.

Hope is a Thing with Feathers

The Gift of Gab (2002)

My eight-year old son, John, has the Gift of Gab. He comes by it honestly. Sometime before the great potato famine, one of my wife's ancestors kissed the Blarney Stone.

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