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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 June 13
“Even when a parent has been part of a child’s pain, that parent’s love can still be the antidote.”
Life Inside June 12
“Prison was where I grew to love one of the finest human beings I have ever known.”
Life Inside June 11
“In a way, it was like seeing myself clearly for the first time.”
Life Inside June 10
“She saw a glimpse of me and what our life could be if I was free.”
Life Inside June 10
"We take turns holding the mirror to see each other. And we talk for hours."
Life Inside June 6
I had a shot at being the heavyweight boxing champion of the world. Then I was convicted of murder.
Life Inside May 30
After spending 22 years in solitary confinement, anything larger than my cell threw me into panic.
Life Inside May 24
“Just like the rest of life, everything about the court system is a puzzle I’ve had to piece together.”
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?'”