#34: Video Fridays in 60 Seconds — Female Voices and A New Female Guest Writer

Michelle (MN) MCF Shakopee

In this week’s post, The Lives of Women Behind Bars (Part 2): COVID-19 & Doing Time, you heard from four incarcerated women serving time in West Coast, Mid-West, and Northern prisons. They spoke about overcrowding in their facilities during this time of COVID and how it has affected their institutions and their daily lives.

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#33: Video Fridays in 60 Seconds — Sex Addictions: “Lost In Darkness” (continued), and Back To Overcrowding

This is a photo of an oil painting by an inmate in Ohio. He donated the painting to Epiphany Ministries where it was then auctioned. This same inmate created the painting commemorating the life of 7 year old Ryleigh Payne, in the 16 December 2019 post.

The first posting of a long running essay titled “Lost In Darkness,” about one sex offender’s problem with sex addiction, was published on 23 December 2019 in the post I’m D.E., a Sex Offender. Then in Video Fridays In 60 Seconds #10, and again in #18. Today I’m posting the second to last installment of D.E.’s essay “Lost In Darkness,” which you can read here.

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#32: Video Fridays in 60 Seconds — Lockdown Ends, and Pen Pal Ministries

A pack of wolves. By A Wolf Lover.

This week our COVID-19 lockdown ended and we’ve returned to semi-normal operations here. Many of the departments that were closed have reopened, and guys are happy to get moving again. Of course, nothing is really back to “normal” in the sense that we remember. The ‘new normal’ (as clichéd as that phrase has become) is a world where we’re still restricted in some of our movements, and everyone still wears masks. Don’t get me wrong, I really AM thankful. After the last 8 weeks, our new normal is awesome.

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#31: Video Fridays in 60 Seconds — “Please, I can’t breathe. You are killing me.”

This drawing was done by a convict serving time for murder in Ohio. He’s an exceptional tattoo artist that passes his time creating amazing arts and craft items.

As I write, I am watching the protests and looting in cities across the country over the police killing of 46 year old George Floyd, in Minneapolis, MN. I hear the voices and see the reactions of my peers over Floyd’s death, and theirs is a mix of anger and frustration.

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#30: Video Fridays in 60 Seconds — Week 7 Lockdown: An End in Sight (maybe)

This handkerchief art was created by a convict who divides his time between arts and crafts and training dogs. Anubis is an Egyptian god.

So ends week 7 of our COVID-19 lockdown. No inmate cases–still. I’m beginning to think we might dodge the bullet. Word on the Grape Vine is that we will return to a normal operation on or around June 9th, providing we don’t have any additional staff (or inmate) cases. I’m looking forward to it. Frankly, I think the guys have already returned to normal operations in their minds. I’m seeing less mask wearing and more socializing. It was inevitable. In week 3, Video Fridays In 60 Seconds #27, I predicted that it would only be a matter of time before convicts tired of their digital baby sitters. That time has come. The sunshine and warm weather only sped up the process.

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