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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 July 11
“Despite everything I have accomplished, this is still happening to me.”
Life Inside June 27
“Panic ensued as everyone braced for the inevitable attack.”
Life Inside June 20
I achieved "hooch master” status—until one batch exploded.
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.