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Letting Go

By: Deshawn Crenshaw #270497 Why is letting go of the past hard to do? PRIDE, mixed with anger at self! I sung a selfish tune, on and off for the last 3 and a half years. I Personalized, Overgeneralized, and Magnified every voice and every thought, instead of God’s. Friends, I thought that I would […]

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Women Lost in the Criminal Justice System

By:  Tamerra Washington #486364 Although Women’s Awareness Month is over, let’s not forget the many women overlooked in the criminal justice system. I wanted the light to shine on women lost in systematic injustices, some bound by poor choices, and just left for dead. There has been awareness of the gender disparity in the work […]

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Living Vs. Existing

By: Joseph Green “EVERYONE HOLDS HIS FORTUNE IN HIS OWN HANDS, LIKE A SCULPTOR THE RAW MATERIAL HE WILL FASHION INTO A FIGURE……..WE ARE MERELY BORN WITH THE CAPABILITY TO DO IT. THE SKILL TO MOLD THE MATERIAL INTO WHAT WE WANT MUST BE LEARNED AND ATTENTIVELY CULTIVATED.” – JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE At some […]

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Chicago

Written on 11-3-16 *Introduction* A lot of people say home is where the heart is, I agree. But home can also be where the pain are suffering are. Sometimes people forget that a lot of pieces play a part of the way a person is. In this piece I wanted to show the other side […]

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Dark Freedom

Written on 3-17-16 *Introduction* Dark Freedom is the very first poem I wrote incarcerated. It took me a while to get out of the writer’s block I was in. Even though this is my first prison sentence, I was thinking about the times when I did county time and coming home to absolutely nothing and […]

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HOUSE BILL 4489 – We Need Your Help!

Michigan is striving to reform its prison system, but this can’t be done if the state representatives don’t hear from you! Please take 5 minutes out of your day to call Representative Graham Filler at 877-859-8086 to show your support for House Bill 4489. This will allow those incarcerated an opportunity to earn disciplinary credit […]

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Our Gardens

There was a man who planted a garden for the very first time. He got a book and followed all the instructions that were given in order to have the proper harvest. He bought all the seeds, he waited for the right season, he turned the soil and then he began to plant. After several […]

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Why I Feel a “Good Time” Law Would Benefit the State of Michigan

By: Jerry Metcalf #251141 During my first 10 years of incarceration I refused to accept responsibility for my actions. I blamed others and often lied, telling people I was innocent or that my victim deserved to die. Because I felt like there was no hope due to my extremely long sentence, I spent most of […]

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An Exhilarating Conversation

In The Name Of Allah The Beneficent The Merciful. Greetings brothers. My name is Ajovi X , and I’m here to give you my topic in the month of April. The question that was asked pertaining to the 3 individuals who are now gone (deceased). I only have 2 that I would love to talk […]

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Good Time

By: Charles A. Jackson Bey #600271 Why should good time be implemented in Michigan’s Prisons? The reason why good time should be implemented in Michigan’s Prisons is because you give prisoners an incentive to change for the better and to do right. When a prisoner feels that they will have to do every year that […]