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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 March 14
“There is hardly a day that passes when I do not see his face.”
Life Inside March 7
“There wasn’t enough ibuprofen in the world to combat the pain I was experiencing.”
Life Inside February 28
Theothus Carter reflects on starring in the film “O.G.”, alongside Jeffrey Wright, while serving time in prison.
Life Inside February 21
“I felt an overwhelming sense of injustice. How did this happen?”
Life Inside February 14
“We live like hermit crabs, schlepping our stuff here and there, taking up a new shell for a while then moving on.”
Life Inside February 7
“I didn't have anything to offer her except a lot of lonely nights.”
Life Inside January 31
“The whole experience, I realized, was like a strange mix between junior high school and the Roman Senate.”
Life Inside January 24
“The days would run together. The heat, the drudgery, the daily unpaid toiling in dirt and fields under the hot Texas sun.”
Life Inside January 17
There will be beans (there's always beans). And half of a chicken.
Life Inside January 10
“Step by step, I shuffle forward amid the mass of bodies, waiting to get inside.”