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Articles written by Ms. Amber S. Jackson

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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...

 

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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