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The Monopoly of Prison Phone Calls

The classic board game MONOPOLY is an American classic. It's a game of strategy, deception, and control where a single winner flourishes while depriving and bankrupting other players. What if I told you that it wasn't just a game? That if you or your loved one has...

The New Normal

Written May 21, 2020 We got our first word of the pandemic on March 13. That is the day prison authorities notified us that visiting all other programs were canceled indefinitely. We'd seen news coverage prior to that, but few of us had any idea of the scope of the...

The Good Old Days

As the DOC is significantly increasing the population at the reformatory, I distinctly recall their attorney telling the state Supreme Court how they were in the process of reducing that same population to mitigate potential COVID exposure. Even as I heard this, I had...

Is Corrections Education for Everyone?

"...those who are involved in Corrections Education have a greatly reduced chance for recidivism than those who are not. Currently, not one person who has graduated from the Associate's Degree program here at CRCC has returned to prison."

Reflections on the Present Moment

“I look at the protests, the looting and the rioting, and see a society divided against itself. I see a society wanting to commit to a future of equality, justice, and inclusiveness, but unwilling to reconcile or even acknowledge its historical wrongs.”

“Oops”

"Oops" By Timothy Pauley A short time ago I detailed how the doc had converted one of the education buildings into a COVID regional care facility. It was rows and rows of prison beds lined up in close proximity to one another, 45 in all. This was a building adjacent...

Message Received?

Message Received?  By Timothy Pauley A short time ago, I told you about 'The Bad Place,' where they send people here who report anything resembling COVID symptoms. Very shortly afterwards, they distributed memos to all of us actually describing the bad place. Made me...

Enforcing The Rules They Like

Enforcing The Rules They Like By Timothy Pauley As I stood in a substantial line waiting to use the telephone, I couldn't help but notice that of the 8 people in line, absolutely none of them were engaging in any kind of social distancing. I was able to confirm this...

The Imported Threat

The Imported Threat By Timothy Pauley My boss spoke to me this week. I know this might sound trivial, but it doesn't happen very often. You see, as a shift commander, he has many duties with which to occupy his time. Probably more than I even know. Typically anything...

Destined To Change Lives

Destined To Change Lives By Francisco Pinto Wherever we go there are people and when we come in contact with others we reveal ourselves to them. They come into our lives and who we are influences them in a variety of ways. But if we change people through influence we...

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