[Prison journal]: Sixth and final entry

Today was ‘officer appreciation’ day at JCI, and also my last day of the semester. When I arrived, I sat for a few minutes in the parking lot to gather my thoughts, but was abruptly brought back to reality through a near constant crackle of gun fire just off into the distance and led in … Continue reading

[Prison journal]: Fifth entry

I arrived this week at JCI 45 minutes early, having come from speaking at the DC Queer Studies Symposium at UMD. I decided, since it was such a nice day, to spend the time in the parking lot of the prison, to read the material we were about to discuss, namely the writings of George … Continue reading

[Prison journal]: Third and Fourth entries

Entry #3 I just finished writing in about 20 prisoner notebooks. It’s been such a long while since I have hand written anything of that quantity. I feel that if the students take the time to write to me, than it is my obligation to do the same to them. I try and mirror their … Continue reading

[Prison journal]: Second entry

Intro note: Part of the 5 course Spring semester was a course I taught at Jessup Correctional Institution (JCI), a maximum-security men’s state prison in-between Baltimore and Washington, DC. It houses thousands of male prisoners, many from West Baltimore, the sight of the recent ‘Baltimore Uprising.’ The facility was the former cage for Black Panther … Continue reading

[Prison journal]: First impressions

Intro note: Part of the 5 course Spring semester was a course I taught at Jessup Correctional Institution (JCI), a maximum-security men’s state prison in-between Baltimore and Washington, DC. It houses thousands of male prisoners, many from West Baltimore, the sight of the recent ‘Baltimore Uprising.’ The facility was the former cage for Black Panther … Continue reading

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