"Shopping" meant the standard jail snacks of pork rinds, ramen noodles, and instant coffee available on commissary. Where was this salty, crunchy, sticky bounty coming from? Pre-approved vendor boxes paid for by inmates, families, or boyfriends, delivered every quarter.When I was moved to a prison, it was like being thrown into a rainbow-riot of glorious consumer goods: sweatpants, sweatshirts, t-shirts, sneakers, tank tops, beanies, mittens, flip flops, and quality bras. Inside prison was a mini capitalist utopia operating with full force.The kit includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, deodorant, and a single, pitiful golf pencil, along with starchy clothes and rubber sandals that I still have nightmares about.In jail, everyone dressed the same, bathed at the same, ate at the same time.
The holidays can be a heartbreaking time for a child with a parent in prison. Michigan does not separate prisoner data by origin or previous residence, but according to a 2004 survey, almost 30 percent of prisoners released to parole in Michigan that year returned to the city of Detroit.It’s made me think a lot about how I live my life.” After conducting some internet research, she came across Lifelines , an organisation that pairs up pen-pals with overseas prisoners.Last September, Cullinane started writing to Paul (not his real name).‘I was warned that a lot of responsibility comes with writing to a prisoner because in many cases that’s all they have’: Angel Cullinane, who writes to and receives letters from a prisoner on death row.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill In one sickening wave after another, the details of Elaine O’Hara’s murder trial kept coming earlier this year.