Notes from the Land of Oz

This Bar is for Girls

Sometime in 2001 the Luna® bar appeared as a dessert item in the chow hall at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men. The wrappers of these protein bars were decorated with silhouettes of women dancing in the moonlight, and emblazoned with the Luna bar motto "The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women." At first, some of the guys wouldn't touch them.

Would You Lie?

Danny maxed-out his sentence. He wrapped-up ten years at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men. He would have been out in five if he had been considered amenable to programming.

A Tale of Two Warrens

Among the 240 inmates who lived with me in the South Unit of the New Hampshire State Prison for Men, two had the same, somewhat unusual first name of Warren. Both Warrens shared other similarities besides name, though they are most remarkable for their differences. When I first met them, both had been down for about three years. Both had pled out to their crimes, avoiding trial. Both of their victims were their own wives.

Trial by Ordeal

It was a hot July day. I was walking in the yard in R&D, the prison's Receiving and Diagnostics Unit. The yard is a small piece of tarmac separated from the rest of the prison yard by a twelve-foot fence.

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