In the first week of the "Incarceration's Witnesses: American Prison
Writing" online course I found this letter. It was written by
Kenneth E.Hartman from inside the
California prison system.
It is written so simply yet so deeply. The writer was
not only able to look at his own experience, but he was
also able to perceive the suffering of others around him,
and I believethat what makes this so extraordinary is that
people are always able to realize the suffering
of their equals, but they might not be as sensitive to
the suffering of people who belong to
different social, economical and educational backgrounds.
I have seen the inside of prisons in my work,
and I was able to imagine everything he said
in this article. Those are people who were given
no chances, and they have become those
unrescuable persons who in some moments
made me wary and reluctant.
You can find the full text here
This is a part of The Other Death Penalty Project that I
will get back to in order to read more.