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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 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.”
Life Inside January 3
“I had no idea if I would get caught. It didn't matter.”
Life Inside December 20, 2018
“Only this music captures my bitter, visceral pain.”
Life Inside December 13, 2018
“Everything in that room, and everyone, was shining, just for a moment.”
Life Inside December 6, 2018
“We don’t live on death row; we wait to die.”