For Gideon, photos reveal the passage of time

For many inmates, time seems to stand still. The outside world races onward, but prisoners remain stuck in neutral. Recently, photos sent by Gideon’s daughter reminded him that time continues to fly by on the outside. As his hometown, Nashville, has sped along, he has stagnated. Continue reading

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Revealed: hep C treatment in prison

Editor’s note: While this blog follows Gideon Walletsky’s time in prison, it’s important to remember that many of his experiences are shared by thousands of inmates across the United States. From time to time, Gideon’s stories will serve as a starting point in examining larger issues in America’s prison system. This installment of Revealed takes a look at the difficulty of getting proper care for hepatitis C in prison.

Getting proper medical care in prison can be incredibly difficult. Gideon has been frustrated by the prison medical system for 20 years. He knows that simple things like seeing a doctor and getting common prescriptions can be near impossibilities. Continue reading

Prison life: sugar mamas, Facebook, and cigarettes

When his friend’s sugar mama didn’t send $25 as expected, Gideon knew it would lead to trouble. Gideon and his friend had been using the sugar mama’s money to buy tobacco, and they already had the latest batch in hand. They knew they would have to pay for it. Continue reading