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We believe that storytelling is a revolutionary act…


so, we created this space to share the activities and stories of our Prisoner Advisory Committee (PAC).


A max-security prison in NY lives up to its (bad) reputation, says PAC

  Legends of “corruption, sex, [and] blatant theft” that surround NYC’s maximum security prison, Attica Correctional Facility, are confirmed by PAC Member Robert Cepeda during a temporary stay at the facility. This chilling account exposes the truth behind the rumors about ever-present conditions, which – in 1971 – may have led to the prison’s notorious […]

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Failures of the criminal punishment system from a prisoner’s perspective

  An incarcerated, transgender member of our Prisoner Advisory Committee thoroughly explains how the criminal punishment system – and other such institutions – fail to provide a fair and healthy environment for people to live in. << Previous entry   |   Return to blog   |   Next entry >>   Warning: The following letter mentions topics such […]

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Prison is unsafe for LGBT people – Testimony from a PAC Member

Prince, who identifies as a gay male, introduces himself and reminds us that incarcerated people who do not conform to traditional ideas about gender and sexuality face a particularly high risk of violence and discrimination.             “Prince’s Introduction,” by Prince. I’m writing to place my PAC Blog dealing with being gay […]

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Jakaelynn’s “Reverse Gestation,” and a poem

Heartfelt and passionate, these letters from Jakaelynn demonstrate her enormous capacity to remain a strong, transitioning trans woman while locked up (with a little help from her friends, and SRLP). “Reverse Gestation and the pains of a transgendered bitch!” by Jakaelynn Rae Shakely, Aka: “Pheanoix”. For twenty-five years I’ve lived what I now call “reverse […]

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