Prison Christmas packages light up the holidays for inmates

For Gideon and the other inmates in his prison, Santa doesn’t look like a jolly fat man riding in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. To those behind bars, St. Nick resembles a delivery driver sitting behind the wheel of a box truck. Inmates’ version of Santa sports work clothes and a clipboard instead of a white beard and red suit. Continue reading


When hope looks like a pancake

After more than 20 years in prison, Gideon has eaten his share of bad food. Prison food is routinely regarded as terrible. It tastes awful, and the portions are far too small. It’s even debatable whether prison grub is edible and provides enough nutrients to sustain inmates.  Continue reading

Drug binges take toll on Gideon’s family, wallet

When Gideon called his daughter to ask for $25 in early December, she knew what had happened at once. She has heard the story before. She knew he needed help paying a drug bill. Continue reading