My fellow American...
May this reach you full of joy and inspiration. My name is not important, but my message is vital. I will be speaking with you briefly about the Virginia prison system and a major issue plaguing its operational fluidity. First off, prison is an emotionally draining and lonely place. There are no actors here like "Orange is the New Black". The pain is real! I came to prison as a twenty-four year old man with a bountiful of wasted potential. I never saw this coming until
A Poem, "What You're Taught"
Life is taught many different ways, from rich to poor, from Black to White. Still the power of knowledge is priceless. From the teachers that helped me with my school work, they were much different from the teachers who said I was helpless. So why try, when my G.E.D is priceless. Understanding the difference between a job and a career nearly by the passion that it gives -- but how do we try to balance a teacher's salary with the youth's education? The differences are against
Reform On the Other Side of the Bars
The definition of the word "reform" is: to make better or improve by removal of faults; to correct or improve one's own character or habits. The definition of "rehabilitate" is: to restore to a former capacity, rank, or right; to restore to good condition or health. Is that not the ultimate goal of imprisonment, or what they "claim" to be the ultimate goal? If so, why is there so much corruption within? The first link in the chain this state uses to hang us with is the polit
Northam: A Prisoner's Perspective
The recent exposure of Governor Ralph Northam's past has the whole Commonwealth in an uproar, and though initially such news was also shocking to my conscious, I was quickly brought back to the reality of exactly where I am. After all, this is the Commonwealth of Virginia, once the Capital of the Confederacy. All one has to do is take a ride down Monument avenue in Richmond to be reminded. If that isn't enough, just look at the celebration of Lee -Jackson Day here in Virginia
Postpartum Depression & Its Consequences
Many women who never had a child before aren't much aware that following the birth of your newborn baby a.k.a. "The Fourth Trimester," is a time when most women go through the most emotional, physical and mental changes. Our bodies go through some drastic changes such as hot flashes, panic disorders, and vaginal bleeding for up to five to six weeks, as the placenta heals over in the uterus. Being in a hospital after giving birth isn't typically the ideal place to rest after y