Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo – obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other. -Angela Davis
This blog is a project with the purpose of allowing prisoners to express themselves in the public sphere. We believe that visibility is vital to undermining the systems that are created to oppress and silence the marginalized. This blog is not a celebration of crimes nor in anyway does it seek to invalidate the experience of victims, only recognize that prisoners are still human, and need to be heard.
All blogs are typed and published with the permission of the prisoners. The typist does their best to keep the authenticity of the syntax and diction. Areas of text that are misspelled in letters to the blog are marked with [sic] instead of being corrected in an attempt to keep the original art as true to form as possible.
Poetry is published in the exact format it is written in. There will be no notations for spelling or grammar to keep the pieces as true to the author’s original intent as possible.
If you know prisoners in the United States that would like to contribute to the blog, or have questions, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Inmates may send submissions to
PO Box 2900
South Portland, Maine. 04116
We accept all written word and art.
The views expressed in the writing and art do not necessarily reflect the views of the blog staff, nor will staff condone or reject differing opinions or thoughts. Because the goal of the blog is a voice toward visibility, everything received will be published but staff reserves the right to omit names, exact dates, and addresses at we see fit to protect the inmates, their families, and staff.
We reserve the right to refuse publication for any reason, although we hope we never have to.