I, Criminal?

Responding directly to distortions, sensationalism and outright lies that led to my 10-month imprisonment is not easy. Reliving the past year is not easy. Yet, today I was reminded by a new friend that forgetting is not an option; indeed, to go forward it is essential to first look back. Reporting on my trial Emma […]

Psychocriticism & Apparatuses of Eternal Damnation; Or, Abolishing Prisons &…

“This [website] is an unbelievably pretentious piece of pyrotechnic, self-serving and self-pitying nonsense … Judging from the news report about your conviction for credit card theft, blackmail and fraud charges – it appears your qualification to “teach critical thinking…” gave you the elevated self-awareness to tell a jury HUGE lies – the kind of lies which […]

Survivability, Prison Reform & Abolition

Liminal, transitional, stages between and betwixt prison reform and abolition are necessary for prisoner survivability, reducing prison populations and, most importantly, challenging normative ideological frameworks around punitive ‘justice.’ At the same time, reform must not be mistaken for abolition, nor can it act as a ‘substitute.’ Unwavering calling for an immediate end to mass incarceration […]

Ethics of Resistance

Prison guards daily engage in caging, beating and sometimes killing people. Fortunately, in the UK, prison guard recruitment is down, prisons are understaffed and the entire structure is verging on collapse. Living within the prison enclosure, I can testify that these staffing issues — resultant from poor wages and terrible working conditions — are problematic […]

Smile at the Void & It Will Smile Back; Or the Little Eichmanns At HMP ISIS

“Smile and others will smile back. Smile to show how transparent, how candid you are. Smile if you have nothing to say. Most of all, do not hide the fact you have nothing to say nor your total indifference to others. Let this emptiness, this profound indifference shine out spontaneously in your smile.” ― Jean […]