Can You Wear Your Own Clothes In Prison?

When you watch a TV or movie that features scenes in a prison, most of the time, inmates are wearing orange jumpsuits. There was even a popular Netflix show about a women’s prison that referenced this in the title Orange Is The New Black. In the pilot episode, the main character Piper – played by […]

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Can You Be Vegan In Prison?

One of the biggest things that has changed in my life after being in prison for four years is my relationship with food. At a height of 5’ 4,” I walked in to prison at around 135 pounds, and walked out around 200 pounds.  I had never gained weight like that in my life, and […]

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Can You Have a Kindle In Prison?

Reading is one of the most popular ways to pass time in prison. Not only does it make the days go by a little bit faster, but reading can also take you away from your reality behind bars for a few hours each day and put you in a whole new world.  All prisons―no matter […]

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How To Fill Out Form BP-A0629

When you are on your way to prison for the first time, it’s very scaryㅡat least it was for me. I never knew anyone who had gone to jail or spent time in prison, so I had absolutely zero knowledge of anything related to the world of corrections. When you are dealing with the Department […]

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Can You Visit Serial Killers In Prison?

Are you fascinated by true crime stories and/or serial killers? The true crime genre has exploded in recent years thanks to shows like Making A Murderer and the Serial podcast. Serial killers have always fascinated large groups of people because there’s something intriguing about a person who lives their life ignoring laws and societal norms. […]

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Can You Have Nails In Prison?

I’m not a girly girl. Growing up, I was always a bit on the tomboy side because I enjoyed (and still do) traditional “boy” things like sports, science fiction, and comic book-inspired TV shows and movies. On the flip side, I was never much into traditional girl things like dolls, makeup, and fashion. However, I […]

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Can You Send Pictures In Prison Letters?

When you’re in prison, few things bring you as much joy as getting mail from friends and family. I can’t explain how happy it made me to hear my name during mail call and see a thick envelope filled with a long letter from a loved one filled with details about everything going on in […]

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can you watch netflix in prison

Can You Watch Netflix In Prison?

My favorite thing on planet Earth is watching movies and TV shows. I am a pop culture addict with a ridiculous amount of useless knowledge in my brain, and I’m not ashamed to say it.  My love of TV and movies is not about sitting around and being lazy. It’s a love of creative storytelling. […]

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Do Most Criminals Change For The Better After Getting Out of Prison

Do Most Criminals Change For The Better After Getting Out of Prison?

Today’s topic is quite the layered one, and there isn’t just one answer. The question is also loaded with assumptions, and leads to even more questions. Do only bad people go to prison? Does our society give proper punishment to crimes? Should we be putting non-violent offenders behind bars in the first place?  I am […]

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how do prisoners react to getting out of prison after decades inside

How Do Prisoners React to Getting Out of Prison After Decades Inside?

One of my favorite movies of all time is the incredible 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Of course, I’m not alone, as the movie is at the top of numerous “greatest movies” and “favorite movies” lists.  I bring this up because one of the most memorable scenes in the […]

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