#8: Video Fridays in 60 Seconds — Addiction and Child Sex Crimes

Here in This World, many offenders suffer from addictions. By far, drug addictions are the most common, but large numbers of offenders suffer from non-drug related addictions. These individuals don’t attend Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) because neither would help them. In particular, these individuals suffer from one of the many forms of sex addictions. They’re serving sentences on charges ranging from rape to pandering, and it’s easy to view these offenders as having committed ‘spontaneous’ or ‘one time’ acts rather than suffering from ongoing addiction. On December 23, 2019, I will post the first of several guest writings to come. The author was convicted of child sex crimes, and it is the first essay in a series of guest writings covering sex and non-drug related addictions.

Discover more about addictions in This World by checking out my posts: “They’re Your Friends and Neighbors” and “I Haven’t Killed Anyone Yet.”


#7: Video Fridays in 60 Seconds — What Did You Say?

When I’m writing, I tend to write like I talk. Oftentimes I’ll be working on a post and upon rereading drafts I’ll realize that I’ve used a number of terms that you may not know, especially if you’ve never been incarcerated. Sometimes I’ll replace them with common words and phrases, but I loathe doing that. Who wants to read that stuff? So this week I’m posting a glossary for you New Fish, for those times when you simply must know what that word means! There’s no shame in taking a peek. Go ahead, check it out now. I’ll wait.

The Joint has a language of its own, specific to the region of the country you’re in. Inmates out West and on the East Coast would have difficulty understanding some of the terms we use here in the Midwest. Likewise, I’d have similar difficulty following some of what they say. To live and speak in This World is to learn what amounts to foreign language words and phrases.

*For New Fish you all did pretty good. Now quit eye hustling, it’s annoying. Go share this post with someone. —Christopher—

The First Cellmate

Your cellmate is the most important person you’ll interact with while you are incarcerated. You are forced to live with this individual 24-7, and you will spend many hours locked in the cell with each other. It’s important that you afford respect to your cellmate (or “celly” as we say around here), for you must close your eyes at night with this person only a few feet away from you. No matter how big and tough you may think you are, sleep is the great equalizer.

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