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Smashed

I was in the library reviewing job applications for the upcoming mock job fair when Old Man Landry got smashed. Every year, volunteer business professionals are invited into the prison to help prepare soon-to-be-released inmates to enter the workforce. At … Continue reading

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Life Sentence

Oscar received his GED test scores today; he failed all five portions. His reading and social studies marks were abysmal, his essay was incomplete, and he scored a 320 in math–forty points lower than on his previous test. How does … Continue reading

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Essays: Loss

I brought a stack of student essays back to the unit and spent the evening grading them in bed. The men were asked to write about losses they’ve experienced in their lives. One student writes about leaving his wife to … Continue reading

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Essays: First Day of Freedom

“On my first day of being released from prison, I will stop at Popeye’s and get me some chicken.” Today I spent the afternoon grading practice GED essays. The topic was “Things I’ll do on the first day of my … Continue reading

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Measuring Pride

Company A buys 8,000 fasteners from Company B at 6.8 cents each. How much does Company A spend on fasteners? “How are you going to solve this problem?” I asked. “What’s your operation” I tutor Jones twice a week in … Continue reading

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Essays: Decisions

I asked the students in my GED lasses to write a short essay about a decision that changed their lives. Not many participated; most sat around making vulgar (yet amusing) comments about Ms. Williams’ robust anatomy: “Sheeeeet, I bet that … Continue reading

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A Merry Little Christmas

I shared several poems with my creative writing class tonight including an untitled piece by Peter Meinke: This is a poem to my son Peter whom I have hurt a thousand times whose large and vulnerable eyes have glazed in … Continue reading

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