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First-person essays from those who work or live in the criminal justice system. 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. Our honor roll recognizing Kickstarter donors who generously supported Life Inside can be viewed here.
Life Inside December 6
“We don’t live on death row; we wait to die.”
Life Inside November 29
I had never been locked up before. No one told me that prison would be so cold.
Life Inside November 15
After being locked up for years, a prisoner’s ability to see freedom fades.
Life Inside November 8
Charlotte was there for the worst moments of my life. And she was there as I picked up the pieces.
Life Inside November 1
Even though my son was conceived in the most traumatic possible way, his birth was my saving grace.
Life Inside October 25
At a Kentucky prison, inmates and staff switch places during a “re-entry to society” role-playing game.
Life Inside October 18
“I didn’t have a way to communicate. And they basically just flipped me the bird.”
Life Inside October 11
A prison volunteer's belief in second chances faces a difficult test.
Life Inside October 4
“I want to do the work that the guys do.”
Life Inside September 27
“After three decades, I now feel like I’m dying a slow death.”