Mascara

When the cell door opened, I was deep in a comfortable sleep. My eyes opened on instinct alone. There could only be one of several reasons for this blasphemous… More

Fifty Percent

I stand beneath the eaves at the back entrance to a prison school classroom watching the rain. A double row of chain-link fencing topped by spools of razorwire separate… More

Prison Sexuality

Many will consider this a perverse subject, one they would rather ignore than discuss. To do so is to deny nature. For those concerned with the health and well-being… More

Countdown in Fear

We call him Little Z. Today he received in the mail the news he had been fearing, word from the trial court that he has been assigned an execution… More

Heaven

(From the first scene: Court Room Day) Gerry Dibble stands before God with one of Jesus’ representatives who is defending him. Satan’s officer is prosecuting him and one ofhis representatives… More

Made in the USA

The pictures that came out of Iraq told a brutal story. No, not the ones to which the public has grown disturbingly apathetic, those of American soldiers in action… More

Free Speech Wars

Ozzy Osbourne is notorious 'round these parts for once watering down our shrine of liberty, the Alamo. On April 2, 2004, the Texas Board of Criminal Justice did worse… More

Buddhism in Prison

The Martha Stewart verdict is screaming from the headlines as I begin to write these lines. Martha used to be something of an idol to me. Before landing in… More

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