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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).


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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Correctional Officers Live by their Own Rules, Says One PAC Member

What happens when C.O.’s don’t want to do their jobs? PAC Member S. Davidson chronicled the incident that contributed to his proposal of an internal, “entity of oversight” which monitors the behaviors of guards and officials. “A Blatant Malfeasance,” by S. Davidson. On January 10th, 2013, at or around 12:45 pm, while at Five Points […]

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Coming Home… It’s Almost Surreal! – Letter from a former PAC Member

“Coming Home… It’s Almost Surreal!” by Grace DeTrevarah. Hey Family… My name is Grace.  I have been home for a short while.  I was incarcerated in Wallkill, Fishkill and other facilities of Medium status.  Being a Black Transgender woman in a Male facility with a feminine and womanly appearance was problematic from intake at Downstate […]

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