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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 May 16
“I couldn’t wait to go home, restart my life—and eat a diet that didn’t kill me.”
Life Inside May 9
“I’ve seen disasters averted because an inmate said these simple words: 'What would your mother think?'”
Life Inside May 2
“I wondered if I knew more of their history if I would still view them the same way.”
Life Inside April 25
“It was as though a small part of me died with each execution.”
Life Inside April 18
Celebrating freedom in a place of bondage.
Life Inside April 11
“I am not evidence that the system ‘works.’ I am an outlier, dripping in luck.”
Life Inside April 4
“As I left the courthouse it dawned on me that the judge had assumed the role of therapist.”
Life Inside March 28
It took me more than 20 years to become a lieutenant colonel. Then I was sent to Leavenworth.
Life Inside March 21
Exercising my right to a jury trial cost me years of my life.
Life Inside March 14
“There is hardly a day that passes when I do not see his face.”