I Want to Share True Stories From Prison

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    One Night Too Many

     When I was in high school, my English teacher gave us this assignment: do something you've never done before, and then write about it. He said he'd had this assignment as a graduate student in college. What he chose to do was spend a night in prison. No, he didn't actually...
    gottatell gottatell
    31-35, F
    2 Responses May 27, 2008

    Surviving Visit Day.

      After Johan got sentenced to one year’s imprisonment I thought things would slow down a bit since the major cause of my problems was out of the way now. I must admit, I’ve learned a lot through my dealings with Johan, and in a way I started missing him the...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    3 Responses Jun 7, 2008

    Going Back

      At no time while I was in prison did I ever think that I was going to see the inside of a prison after I finished my sentence, ever again. I mean, I knew that I was going to do everything in my power to stay on the straight and narrow, and I knew that through the help of...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    14 Responses Oct 2, 2008

    My First Prison Experience

    Many peoples’ most poignant memory is of some joyful occasion with loved ones, learning to ride a bicycle with Grandpa, Graduating from high school with everyone there watching as they cross that stage. In my most vivid memory I am alone in a dirty bathroom on the third...
    Lamby623 Lamby623
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Jan 10, 2009

    Meeting Johan.

      It was in C-section where I met Johan, a twenty five year old guy who was in and out of prison from the age of seventeen for small cases like house breaking, theft, theft from motor vehicles and was currently detained for theft of bicycles, thirty four to be exact. Johan...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    1 Response May 25, 2008


      The first thing Thabo wanted me to know about was the gangs, since he saw that the ‘little’ slap episode unnerved me a bit, and by unnerved I mean scared shitless. I’m still a bit apprehensive when it comes to talking about the gangs, so I won’t go...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    2 Responses May 20, 2008

    The ride on the corrections bus from County

    jail to the State Prison is probably the longest trip Ive ever been on. I was 19, cuffed and shackled and looking at 5 years. I haven't felt worse than that day.
    Frankie96 Frankie96
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Dec 12, 2013

    Been In Prison -As A Guard And As A Prisoner

    I was a prison officer for 3 years but left when another job came up. Then about 2 years later I was back in prison but this time as a prisoner. I got a 3 year sentence and served 18 months of it. I felt very ashamed and embarrased when I got sentenced in court. My family and...
    Mark3182 Mark3182
    31-35, M
    6 Responses May 4, 2013

    I Am Facing a Prison Term...

    Having spent over 3 years in a French prison 20 years ago i now possibly face another term inside after having been a victim of a criminal gang who stored drugs in my lock up. I am very scared and since the event 5 months ago I am living a hermit existence; made 2 suicide...
    scaredlily scaredlily
    1 Response May 12, 2009

    Not My Own Stories

    but i have a lot. somehow my name and address ended up on a penpal website, and since then, I have gotten over a hundred total letters from prisoners from all over. for instance, did you know how many prisoners like dancing and poetry? and how many of them are innocent? one guy...
    garbanzobean garbanzobean
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jun 10, 2008


      Only after the fight with the 26’s it became apparent that my true saviour was none other than my long lost buddy Johan. The same Johan that I had to save on more than one occasion, and was lucky enough to get sentenced before the 26’s could get to him, was at...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    6 Responses Jun 12, 2008

    Failure to Succeed.

    Despite careful planning some things do go wrong, it is a well known fact with which most of us has made peace with, and when it does go wrong the impact of the failure is not that great. That is of course if it occurs in the natural day to day planning. It upsets the balance...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    3 Responses Aug 11, 2008

    Prison Life

    Most of my prison experiences have been working with paroled individuals trying to help them re adjust and cope with a society that won't always except them back. Prison life is a routine that offers nothing to the individual doing time. As a P.O.W.- I have a shaded but...
    retiredfather retiredfather
    61-65, M
    1 Response Oct 11, 2009

    Finding Holes.

      Learning the rules of the gang was only part of the training received by new recruits; one other aspect of the training was the identification of possible escape routes and then the accumulation of the necessary tools needed for said escape. A job that looks easier on...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Jun 17, 2008


      Being under house arrest when I stabbed the two guys that assaulted my friend brought its own twist to my tale, since the provisions for my house arrest clearly states that I should not in any way be involved in fights of any kind. So, when two men from correctional...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    1 Response Jun 11, 2008

    He Left Me Shortly After His Release From Prison :'(

    History : (He was locked up for 10 years for armed robbery from the age of 16 to his current age 27.) Our relationship started while he was in there and only lasted for 1 month before things got sour and ended. I knew of him from childhood. we went to elementary and middle school...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Aug 13, 2012

    Getting Tools.

      Finding a hole, or a place where one could be made that would allow one to gain freedom from a place where one is held against one’s will is only the first step in the planning of an escape. There are quite a number of things to take into account, with one of them...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    1 Response Jun 17, 2008

    Slapping a Gang Member

      Slapping someone on the back doesn’t seem like a big deal, and it didn’t to me at the time when, clearly without thinking, I gave Thabo a companionable slap on the back. Mind you, not a very hard one, just a wee tap. But apparently hard enough for the others...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    2 Responses May 20, 2008

    My Dad Is Paranoid.life Is Tough I Feel Lifeless

    I am 20 yrs and I've seen lots in my life.I am coming from a family of paranoid from my dads side.My grandma was like dat n lived for five years without knowing who she is.Shez now dead.My father is worse he translate things wrong,thinks he is always right even when he insulted...
    Gailynatty Gailynatty
    Mar 3, 2012

    Time For War.

      Fights in prison is never really fully resolved, especially if there is some serious injuries. The brown stuff really hits the fan the moment the wardens get involved, with the blame being shifted from here to there, and beatings following the blame. That in turn gets the...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    5 Responses Jun 28, 2008


      Being on the wanted list of the 27’s is like being on the most wanted list of Interpol and the FBI at the same time, there is no place to hide, so there was no other option than to face the guys waiting for me on the steps. Trying to dodge them would only mean...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    3 Responses Jun 4, 2008

    What Ya In For ...?

    Well,it was just county jail {not prison}....but it is an unusual story. I will come back and write it here. What? When...? As soon as I can. So many stories - so little time. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ HEY! GET OFF MY BUNK!  
    PeaceOnEarth PeaceOnEarth
    46-50, F
    7 Responses Jun 10, 2008

    The First Night, November 1963.

    The first night in a Borstal, I was thrown into a Borstal for two years after stealing scooters for me and my Mod friends. After being slung into a wall by the two screws who were signing me in, I was given a pack of belongings that I would need. It was my Borstal uniform mainly...
    PhilipLane1944 PhilipLane1944
    70+, M
    2 Responses Oct 27, 2013

    Action, Reaction.

      For every action there is an equal but opposite reaction or at least that is the way it is supposed to be according to some bright spark that lived many moons ago. Now, unlike the theory that ‘whatever goes up, must come down’, which has repeatedly been proven...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    5 Responses Jul 12, 2008

    Think about what hell must be like.

    It's worse. Worse then anything you can imagine. Destroys your soul. You are never the same again. Parts of you die, you feel them going black and dying inside you. You come out a shell of a human being.
    Onewithone Onewithone
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Jul 2, 2015

    Two Types of Prison.

      There are two types of prisons in South Africa, Namely awaiting trail and proper prison. Awaiting trail is where you go once you are arrested and has to go to court from custody, in other words if you do not have bail. The reason for keeping awaiting trail prisoners and...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    2 Responses May 24, 2008


    13 May 2008, a day never to be forgotten. A day that started in prison, took a turn in court, and evolved into a joyous celebration of freedom. A day where I experienced first hand the greatness of God.   Today, one year later, I think back on a journey...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    2 Responses May 13, 2009

    Impending Doom.

      Fighting in prison is always a bad idea, not only because everybody has someone covering his back but also because of the AIDS pandemic. If you hit someone on the mouth and his teeth cut through his lip, and at the same time cut open your knuckles, your chances of...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    6 Responses Jun 3, 2008

    Messing Up

      All stories have beginnings, and this one dates back to the beginning of 2006. 05 February 2006 to be exact. I was at a bar where I ran my catering business from when one of my friends came in. It was apparent that someone beat him up, and he was quite upset, asking me to...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    3 Responses May 14, 2008


    Being in prison does not mean that you have no freedom, for freedom is a state of mind, it means that you have no freedom of movement. In time you get used to the idea of not being able to go to the shops whenever you want, and you work out ways of getting things...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    8 Responses Sep 20, 2008

    An Artist Journey: 23 Years In Prison

    “If you see me walking down the streets, and I start to cry each time we meet…walk on by” Isaac Hayes- Walk on By 1996 Cooped up in my cell while lying on my bunk bed, I watched the final scene of Dead...
    idletimeart idletimeart
    41-45, M
    Jan 15, 2013

    Deciding On a Gang.

      Deciding which gang to join was a serious matter to consider, since membership is for life and once in one gang you have to accept as a fact that the other gangs will be out to get you, out of revenge for not accepting their proposition to join their gang. See, the main...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    12 Responses Jun 7, 2008

    No Lie No Nothing Theis How I See It

    i have never been behind the door of prison! I'm 18 years old and for some one my age to know what i know is amazing my brother who is 22 now had been in and out of jail from the time he was 13. no one could help him my brother is almost done with his time he has 18 Mons to...
    ginni91 ginni91
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Apr 2, 2010


      In prison there are certain ways of doing things, and doing things differently not only upsets the system, it upsets a whole lot of people too. People who hold on to that system for dear life, for in a certain way that system is life. A means for some to make a few bucks...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    2 Responses May 21, 2008

    Getting to the Big House

      Going to prison wasn’t the thing that bothered me, it was what could happen while I was there. You hear of all kinds of things happening to people who have the misfortune of getting locked up. Stories in newspapers, magazines and TV documentaries didn’t help...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    6 Responses May 16, 2008

    Meeting Thabo

      My first night in prison was quite eventful, given the fact that there were a number of things that I had to learn, and learn them fast if I were to survive my stay in my new ‘home’. That was where my new ‘friend’, ”Thabo” came in very...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    7 Responses May 19, 2008


      Convincing a judge of your innocence after being caught selling stolen goods can be tricky, convincing a gang member of your innocence after being caught selling goods stolen from him takes skill. A skill no one is born with, and is only acquired after repeated dealings...
    Kindamagic Kindamagic
    36-40, M
    2 Responses May 29, 2008

    True Stories Of Prison

    My brother in Christ Jason, and his testimony of struggling addiction to ****, and imprisonment, which then led him to Christ Jesus.
    deleted deleted
    Feb 5, 2013

    What Prison Was Like For Me.

    I have been out of prison for some time now.  I am a male and was incarcerated for 7 years.  I haven't spoken much of my time in prison, for it was to humiliating.  I think that I would like to tell my story now.  Does anyone care to hear it?  I have to...
    Society Society
    13 Responses Oct 11, 2010

    Juvy A Year Ago

    its no secret that i have problems with my anger and other things so when i got into a fight with a girl at school who i had no idea was pregant i ended up in court and being diagonised with antisocial disorder and borderline disorder which happens to be two of the most common...
    femmefatal17 femmefatal17
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Mar 29, 2013
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