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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 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 August 16
"This isn’t a place that provides treatment, help, or even empathy to those who suffer from stress, depression, and mental illness."
Life Inside August 9
I looked into her eyes and told her, “Promise me you won’t hurt yourself again.”
Life Inside August 2
A deluge, terror and a miracle.
Life Inside July 26
“I fought first for my rights, and then for my life.”
Life Inside July 19
How hard could it be not to betray your friends?
Life Inside July 12
“We aren’t deadbeats — our days are, in fact, incredibly full.”
Life Inside July 5
How one former inmate found healing—and himself—through music.
Life Inside June 28
Navigating the sometimes weird, arcane rules about inmate contraband.
Life Inside June 21
"I was made to feel like a second-class victim."
Life Inside June 14
“I won’t be swept under the rug anymore. This is me.”