Pornchai Moontri’s Outstanding Wood Working

These images of Pornchai’s work were submitted to me by his friend.

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A short note about Pornchai Moontri from Sophie:

Pornchai’s story Super Max was first published on Voices August 9, 2011, it has since been picked up by the site Solitary Watch.   If you are as compelled by this amazing writer/artist as Voices has been, I recommend you read Pornchai’s Story.  The piece was originally published in December 2007 The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and all rights belong to them. –Sophie


Stunning Sophie Inchains & Bald Eagle Drawings

Sophie,                                                                                           7-7-11

Just Wanted to send you a couple of things for the blog.  With permissions to print & keep them.

I recently received copies of my stuff on your blog.  Thank you.

The hardest part of “Life” is the loneliness!  Keep the faith.




NH State Prison


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CA Inmate Writes and Produces Sitcom: “Two and A Half Cons”

July 18, 2011

Dear Sophie,

Thank you for your letter, letting me know you linked my site to yours.  I admire what you are doing and feel your site serves the community well, as it shows the talent behind bars!

I just finished taping a ‘sitcom’, “Two and A Half Cons”, which we got approval to tape, which has conflict/resolution in each episode and an educational angle.  The sitcom features 2 tall white inmates who are the everyday types (play dominos, do nothing with life) who are ridiculed by a white midget inmate (who to education and is doing something with his time).  IT is a professional production, as we utilize digital cameras, lights, body mics, and final production on FINAL CUT software.  It will debut on our institutional video system.  I am attempting to see if the head sponsor can get approval to release this production to the Public, in the form of a YOU TUBE or some other angle.  You wouldn’t believe how professional it is, complete with laugh tracks, graphics, different sets built by inmates (cell, dayroom, pill line).

I created this sitcom to put a visual angle for inmates to see that wastin their life away is ‘no laughing matter.’  We watch sitcoms daily but now our life is portrayed as a sitcom.

I am sure you have received extraordinary contributions to your website nationwide.  You said you read my short stories on my site as well.

How many of my stories are on there?  I also write and completed a book on my arrest/prison experience, on PDF Format but am waiting for the outcome of my appeal before seeking a major publisher.  I was granted a second chance appeal by the 9th Circuit in May 2010, based on ‘newly discovered evidence.’  The judge will decide my fate in about 3 months.

Thanks again for writing me!  Look forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,

T. David Valdez J-52660

CTF Central E Wing Cell 126-Up

P.O. Box 689

Soledad, CA.



A Card from NH


Dear Sophie,

Thank you for the letter and I am glad you enjoyed the handkerchief.  As for as hair spray, thats [sic] a no go.  The piece can be ironed flat-low heat, no steam.  I can only hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed doing it.

I would like to create something for you.  Do you have  a logo for your blog?  Something unique that is you?  Give me some ideas as to  what you would like and what is you.

Well its [sic] almost time for work and I still haven’t shaved.  Thank you for thinking of me.



Magnificant Fairy: Rendered on Muslin Cloth


You may publish this if you wish.


The need to reach out is Very Important.  I am serving life w/o parole-Thank You For Being There!


Lee Barron

New Hampshire State Prison



This Drawing is a Combination of Ink and Colored Pencil.  This is a Donation to your Blog.