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Our weekly "Life inside" newsletter delivers first-person essays from those who work or live in the criminal justice system. You can subscribe here to receive it in your inbox.
 
Please send pitches for Life Inside to ehager@themarshallproject.org or mail them to us. We're looking for 1,000 to 1,400-word nonfiction stories about a vivid, surprising, personal experience you had with the system — whether you're a lawyer, prisoner, judge, victim, police officer, or otherwise work or live inside the system. Poetry, fiction, essays about experiences that are not directly related to criminal justice, and op-eds will not be accepted.
 
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Life Inside November 13
“It’s conflicting, I imagine, to hear how someone who once took a life thinks about living a good life.”
Life Inside November 7
“While I went to high school with casual weed smokers and worked at various jobs with weekend coke snorters, I was entirely unprepared for what I’ve seen in state prison.”
Life Inside October 28
“Even in prison, I didn’t feel so overwhelmed with worry about doing something wrong when I’m doing everything right.”
Life Inside October 24
Waiting to die, we haunt our loved ones.
Life Inside October 17
“What he really needed, a lawyer couldn’t give him.”
Life Inside October 10
“Saying goodbye with the people who loved him—and me—I remember that I am not the tomb that imprisons me.”
Life Inside October 3
“If I could save one man from doing what I did, then I will have found a calling for my final years.”
Life Inside September 26
“I’m hungry to make meaning out of destruction.”
Life Inside September 19
“The runaways, the mobsters, the pimps—they saw me as someone credible, someone who didn’t judge them.”
Life Inside September 12
“They booked me into a cell where there was a paper sign over the toilet saying DON’T DRINK THE WATER.”