Notes from the Land of Oz

Kid Rock

It was April 2008. I was working on a final piece of furniture in the prison woodshop, trying to finish it before my imminent release.

Worker’s Comp

I was injured at work last month – a nail gun mishap - my first serious accident in five years of doing construction work since leaving prison. This job is like life; sooner or later you get hurt, usually from some stupid mistake.

Why You Must Never Give Up Hope for Another Human Being

Overcoming many obstacles, Pornchai Moontri, Alberto Ramos, and seven other prisoners receive their high school diplomas in a model prison education program.


The morning I left prison, I carried two black garbage bags packed with letters and legal papers across the yard to the gate in the chain-link fence separating the Reception and Diagnostic Unit from the general population.

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