“The Dog Pound”

I lock in the dog unit. In the front hall, half the cubes have a dog on each side, with two handlers assigned to each one. At present, there’s 8 dogs, but at full capacity, there’s twice that. The dogs themselves are a mix of puppies, strays, and various cast offs, much like their cubies.…More

Moving Day

Once word of a huge rideout started circulating the yard, I knew it was my time. I’d been at the same joint for over four years, and just the week prior I was randomly moved to the ganglands of G-unit from the semiretirement home of B. Usually, moves aren’t done for no reason. When Monday…More

“Books I read this month (Oct.2022)

Taboo: 10 Facts You Can’t Talk About – Wilfred ReillyRonin – Frank MillerPaper Girls (vol. 1&2) – Brian K Vaughan Mixed it up last month, half pop cult art and serious sociology. “Taboo” is the kind of book that’d get you cancelled for reading in public, but is a quiet hit in prison, secretively passed…More

jPay Message #475

In an article titled “Recovering from Long Covid,” the writers–a doctor and a health reporter–offers lifestyle changes as a remedy, instead of drugs, specifically exercise and meditation. Speaking of the two together, “the human body is one organic equilibrium that requires a balance of movement and stillness. If our movement and stillness be dynamically balanced…More

“The Art of Pettiness”

When direct communication fails, my only recourse is passive aggressive head games. Not just a bug, my bunkie’s a whiner too, always grumbling under his breath. Any time someone does something he doesn’t like, like breathe too loud, he sighs “on boy” or “aw man.” Little does he know that when you share such a…More

jPay Message #470

I’m “typewriter” guy now. There are worse hustles, and this one’s actually legit. People need stuff typed up all the time–legal documents, tickets, letters– and are either too lazy or too dumb to do it themselves. The going rate is .50/page, which takes about a half hour.  The typewriter has memory, so you can type…More


I tried to shoot my shot for some contacts and was rebuffed with prejudice. My prescription would have to be three times stronger than it is right now to qualify for contact lenses under MDOC policy. Basically, only the blind are allowed them. I don’t wear glasses much in the world as it is, so…More