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INSIDE THE WALLS | Remember the Dakotas

Despite being a humanist for over fifteen years, my views can be misanthropic from time to time. For example, earlier this year I took part in an organized debate in my prison humanist group, the topic... Read More

Inside the Walls: My Old Haunt

When I was a child, I loved going to haunted houses each October. In my town there was one in particular created in the basement of an old supermarket. No matter how many times I went... Read More

INSIDE THE WALLS | Reform 2.0: Love and Money

Officially the penitentiary has existed since the eighteenth century, although human beings have imprisoned one another since the beginning of recorded time. The concept of the penitentiary was invented by Pennsylvania Quakers who chose the word... Read More

INSIDE THE WALLS | These Words Unspoken

Dear Mom, I’ve known you forever. When I bring up some story about when I was born you like to joke, saying, “I know, I was there.” I was such an ugly baby. You loved me... Read More

INSIDE THE WALLS | By Any Other Name

"Of all the practices that dehumanize prisoners, calling them “one who offends” is by far the worst. It sets the tone and is a self-fulfilling prophecy." I used to think simply knowing a lot of statics... Read More

Travis W.

Travis W. is serving a life sentence in the Iowa Department of Cor­rections. He is a regular contributor to the Inside the Walls column.