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It's Harder to Avoid Meth Than to Get it in Prison

I doubt many stop to ponder what types of issues a prisoner might be dealing with during this pandemic. Unless you know someone in prison, why would you? We actually have a lot of the same issues,...

 

Should I Sue or Should I Not?

I just don't know how anyone maintains any interest in fiction when real life is so damned riveting. I have a dilemma on my hands. Should I practice the simple principle of forgiveness? Or should I fi...

 

Mental Health Techs Sent to Prison Cells Rather than Relax Severe Lockdown Rules

I sincerely wish a Happy New Year to you, Santa Monica, and beyond!! I do not let the fact that I've been on almost one month straight of 23 1/2 hours in my cell a day keep me from at least trying to...

 

State Prison Guards Won't be Required to Get the Covid Vaccine, according to a Woman Inmate

Since Covid-19 began, many basic needs go unmet. We face extreme lows. Not knowing when it will end. Wondering if you're in a nightmare. Is this an endurance test? Is this war? Am I being mentally...

 

When Staff Cook Meals Instead of Inmates, the Results are Inedible, says Woman Inmate

Prisoners assigned to kitchen jobs cook all the meals for the entire institution, under staff supervision, of course. It's been this way since the prison industrial complex formed its authority over...

 

Even Vocational Training is Shut Down During Prison Lockdown in California During Covid Surge

I want to first give you a quick update. It seems that I spoke too soon about the man in my life. Dom. He was not my long-awaited love after all. No matter. I'll be free soon! All that glitters is...

 

Prison Covid Super Surge In Progress, says our source at California Institution for Women

If the amount of positive tests in my housing unit mirror the entire California Institution for Women's prison population's stats, then this prison is experiencing what can only be described as a...

 

Lady Prisoner Losing My Mind On Quarantine

Please help me!! Yes, I'm on a quarantine. Day 10. And yes, I'm losing my MIND!! Nearly 2/3 of my housing unit tested positive for Covid-19 over this past week!! Two out of every 3 people! So, those...

 

What Happens When a Prisoner Tests Positive for COVID-19?

Here we go again. For anyone just now tuning in, I'm located here at the California Institution For Women in Corona, California. Earlier this week, all California state prisons were placed on...

 

California State Prisoners to Have Priority in Getting Covid-19 Vaccine

As of Tuesday Dec. 1st, all California prisons went into a "quarantine" lockdown coupled with mandatory testing of ALL inmates. This is to brace for the covid-19 surge impact. As Governor Gavin Newsom...

 

Very early in my prison time I was baptised by fire. I saw 12 women gang rape another woman.

I love sharing stories of what I've seen in prison. I strictly only share what I've seen with my own eyes. I've seen everything you can imagine happening in prison. And some things you never thought...

 

California Prisons Are a Major Source of EDD fraud, Including Identity Theft, Writes a Women's Prisoner

What good would it be to have your own women's prison weekly columnist if I held back on some of the most interesting and least known elements of what goes on in this place? I've given this a lot of...

 

When a Prisoner Goes to the parole board, She must have a 5 year plan. Days of My Life...Sentence

Most people here just float along, knowing their release is comming on a specific date. I don't get that luxury. I dare not imagine the undetermined, unknown day of my release. How old will I be?...

 

California Prisoners FaceAnother Holiday In Prison, But This Time Under the Specter of Covid-19

I'm not a fan of holidays while in prison. No mail. Nothing on TV. Time seems to slow down. The state of California usually opens up visiting for the specific holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New...

 

Famous Killers and Infamous Figures I have Met in California Institute for Women

Dateline NBC...48 Hours on CBS...We love to watch them. We love to hate those featured in them. Both shows feature a large number of cases from here in California. Do you ever wonder what happens afte...

 

Men in Women's Prisons as The Trans-Wave Hits California's prison system

The Trans-Wave has hit the prison system! When you imagine a day in my life here in prison, you probably did not think it included so many men living in this women's prison population. It began about...

 

They're Prowling on Prisoners: Female Prisoner gives the lowdown on Hot Email Sex solicited by male predators of female prisoners at the California Institution for Women

Most people have no clue what prison is like, especially a female prison. All these vaginas in here that have not had any attention in years can make some men think of ways to exploit this untapped...

 

A Never Ending Sentence

As a child in foster care at 12 years old, I began writing poems. I continued this into my juvenile hall years. I wrote many. I use writing as a form of therapy and expression. Here in prison, when...

 

My Last Prayer: A Women's Correctional Inmate Invites you to Pray With Her

I wanted to take a moment and just share something deeply personal. You see, I'm a "lifer," about 3-4 years away from freedom. And yes, I will be living in or around Santa Monica. I have been in for...

 

Women's Prison During Covid: After Growing up in Foster Homes, Amber Entered Prison at age 20 after Disfiguring an Adversary

Editor introduction: Ms. Jackson wrote to us from C.I.W. asking if she could write a regular weekly column about life in prison. After growing up in foster homes, she entered prison at age 20 when she...

 

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