Who We Are
Intelligent former Prisoners with a unique and acute insight of the Criminal Justice System.
We are real prisoners who know the prison system inside and out.
We operate on Respect and Common Courtesy.
In 2007, after I mediated another prison problem, a young prisoner named Jason ask: "Billy why don't you write a book about prison. I laughed and stated who would want to know about this world?" He explained to me how interesting the stories and rules of prison are. So, I researched the market and talked with new, white collar and old school prisoners. A white collar prisoner showed me a book about prison he purchased for $50 and proceeded to tell me why it was a joke. I too had to laugh when I read it. Then one day an old school convict came to see me and explained that back in the day the prison use to let the convicts give an Orientation to new prisoners on "how to stay alive and live in prison". He thought it was a great idea to write a book about prison rules and life so that the younger generation of prisoners could learn how to live in prison. I also met with some gang, group leaders and prisoners who were highly respected and discussed what I would "not put in my book" and everyone agreed.
Justice Brennan describes the plight of prisoners with chilling words:
"Prisoners are persons whom most of us would rather not think about. Banished from everyday sight, they exist in a shadow world that only dimly enters our awareness. They are members of a "total institution" that controls their daily existence in a way that few of us can imagine. "[P]rison is a complex of physical arrangements and of measures, all wholly governmental, all wholly performed by agents of government, which determine the total existence of certain human beings (except perhaps in the realm of the spirit, and inevitably there as well) from sundown to sundown, sleeping, walking, speaking, silent, working, playing, viewing, eating, voiding, reading, alone, with others. . . ." It is thus easy to think of prisoners as members of a separate netherworld, driven by its own demands, ordered by its own customs, ruled by those whose claim to power rests on raw necessity". -- Justice William Brennan, dissenting in O’Lone v. Estate of Shabazz, 482 U.S. 342, 354-55 (1987).