As you can see from this blog, I have successfully toured 9 prison facilities across Scandinavia. Attempting to do the same in the United States has been a struggle (which may soon change-so stay tuned!) due to security and privacy concerns. In the meantime, I seek out sources that tell what it is really like to be incarcerated from those that are currently living in a prison- NOT using TV and other media sources as truth (Orange is the New Black, etc.) This includes writing letters to inmates and this awesome podcast created by inmates Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams along with Bay Area artist Nigel Poor, out of San Quentin Prison called EarHustle.
One quote from Earlonne that really hit home for me when referring to the SHU (Security Housing Unit) or most commonly known as solitary confinement:
“Think about all the things you did from 1989-2014. Now imagine most of those things was in one room”
If you want to hear real, current stories from incarcerated men, I highly recommend listening to this first season of EarHustle. The second season is currently in production. If you have a question you’d like to ask, you can send a postcard and maybe they will answer it in their next season. I have been in contact with Nigel already and look forward to a written response from Earlonne.