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by Lawrence Dressler | Feb 27, 2015 12:15 pm

A new inmate arrived at the warehouse. As the prison tailor I was in charge of fitting him for new prison clothing.

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A Peanut-Butter View Of A “Real Prison”

by Lawrence Dressler | Feb 24, 2015 11:59 am | Comments (3)

There was some action today in the prison complex, as there was a lockdown at the medium-security prison next door.

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Larry Noodles & The Tossed Banana

by Lawrence Dressler | Feb 20, 2015 4:40 pm | Comments (7)

Last night a group of guys got together in the prison shul for a kumsitz, one inmate playing the acoustic guitar and guys singing.  Mostly Jewish songs. A few songs from the 1960s.

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Public At Risk From Parole Supervision Cutback

by Chandra Bozelko & Mary Ames | Feb 12, 2014 4:03 pm | Comments (1)

(Opinion) Something dangerous is developing inside the state’s prisons. It’s not an infectious epidemic, wild government waste or even the expected corruption, but a new law tacked to the underside of Governor Malloy’s gun bill that will inevitably threaten public safety by eliminating parole supervision for offenders convicted of violent crimes.

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Why Hookers Rank Lowest Behind Bars

by Chandra Bozelko | Dec 24, 2012 11:12 am | Comments (14)

“Hey whores!” called a guard as he circled our cell doors to deliver mail.  “Letters from y’all’s sugar daddies!”

I began to understand why prostitutes settle into a lower caste in prison.

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RIP: A Guard Who Knew The (Golden) Rules

by Chandra Bozelko | Dec 3, 2012 12:21 pm | Comments (4)

The thrill of going commando lasts only so long. It had been five days since I last wore underwear.

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Behind Bars, 2 Reasons For Thanksgiving

by Chandra Bozelko | Nov 22, 2012 9:36 am | Comments (1)

Angie, an inmate in the cube next to mine, would come back to North Dorm at 6:30 every evening in her hounds tooth checkered pants and white scrub shirt—a prison’s kitchen uniform—stinking of onions and Pine Sol.

She posted a sign on her TV, the prison kind of TV:  clear plastic, showing all electrical innards and exposing any contraband the sneaky prisoner tries to hide in it. The sign read: “Do the women run this bitch or what?”

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In Prison, Sandy Packed A Different Punch

by Chandra Bozelko | Nov 15, 2012 12:16 pm | Comments (5)

“They sayin’ Sandy is gonna get us locked down. Who is she?” one woman asked.

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A Favor Turns Into An Investigation

by Chandra Bozelko | Nov 8, 2012 12:16 pm

A fellow inmate—a mother of two—approached me for help.  The state accused her of violating the terms of her probation by obeying her probation officer’s order for her to work.  The problem was that she worked in Rhode Island and crossed state borders without permission every time she clocked in.

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Behind Bars, Colors Complicate Halloween

by Chandra Bozelko | Oct 31, 2012 10:17 am | Comments (1)

The color black is a gang neutral.

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