28 January 2017

2016 Prison Diaries Entries and Commentary for Award Consideration

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Each 2016 essay on Prison Diaries could be viewed by clicking through the site’s archives but I have separated them out with titles and descriptions for easier navigation.


January 4, 2016:  Lest Ye Be (about judges who send disabled people to prison) www.prison-diaries.com/criminal-justice/lest-ye-be/

January 11, 2016:  Normal: All F’d Up (about prison incompetence)  www.prison-diaries.com/prison-conditions/Normal-all-fd-up/

January 18, 2016:  Ignore the Words (about how a guard showed the author that words can be meaningless if one’s actions aren’t correct)  www.prison-diaries.com/squaring-off-with-staff/ignore-the-words/

January 25, 2016: Uniformly (about weight gain in prison)  www.prison-diaries.com/lessons-learned/uniformly/

February 1, 2016: Lawyering Down (about the lack of zeal in criminal defense for incarcerated and/or poor defendants)  www.prison-diaries.com/courthouse-battles/lawyering-down/

February 8, 2016: Slice of Life (about the phenomenon of self-mutilation in a women’s prison)  www.prison-diaries.com/mental-health/slice-of-life/

February 15, 2016: By Any Other Name (about nicknames in prison and why we have them)  www.prison-diaries.com/lessons-learned/by-any-other-name/

February 22, 2016: Dude, Where’s My Appeal? (on the decision from the Supreme Court of the United States that holds that prisoners cannot represent themselves in their own appeals)  www.prison-diaries.com/courthouse-battles/dude-wheres-my-appeal/

February 29, 2016: Black Mold Matters (an illustration of the environmental hazards of a prison) www.prison-diaries.com/health-problems-in-the-clink/black-mold-matters/

March 7, 2016: Into the Lives of Others (about how codependence and pathologically putting others needs first isn’t always a virtue and can land someone in prison)  www.prison-diaries.com/is-it-just-me/into-the-lives-of-others/

March 14, 2016: The Unnerving Presence (on how the author’s newspaper column gets suspiciously cancelled)  www.prison-diaries.com/squaring-off-with-staff/the-unnerving-presence/

March 21, 2016: Taste and See (about poverty’s effect on taste and how it anchors some women socioeconomically)  www.prison-diaries.com/is-it-just-me/taste-and-see/

March 28, 2016: Search Party (about violative strip searches)  www.prison-diaries.com/prison-conditions/search-party/

April 4, 2016: Dollar Bin Divorces (on marriage and prisoners) www.prison-diaries.com/is-it-just-me/dollar-bin-divorces/

April 11, 2016: You Are What You Own (about the emotional strain of being separated from your physical belongings)  www.prison-diaries.com/criminal-justice/you-are-what-you-own/

April 18, 2016: Hoe (about the prison’s gardening program)  www.prison-diaries.com/manufacturing-criminals/hoe/

April 25, 2016: Being Straight About the Jacket (about the author’s attachment to a certain piece of clothing and not knowing if she would see it again)   www.prison-diaries.com/lessons-learned/being-straight-about-the-jacket/

May 2, 2016: United Colors (about white privilege in prison)  www.prison-diaries.com/Orange-is-black/united-colors/

May 9, 2016: Hay Fever (about the fecklessness of some inspirational quotes and materials in a prison)  www.prison-diaries.com/is-it-just-me/hay-fever/

May 16, 2016: I’m with the Banned (about how the author’s chapbook of poetry gets banned in the prison – even though she wrote it there)  www.prison-diaries.com/Squaring-off-with-staff/im-with-the-banned/

May 23, 2016; Rehabit (about how some people aren’t ready and cant handle substance abuse treatment) www.prison-diaries.com/health-problems-in-the-clink/rehabit/

May 30, 2016: The Five Stages of Grievance (about how the Prison Litigation Reform Act’s ‘exhaustion of grievances’ requirement is honored in letter but not spirit)  www.prison-diaries.com/squaring-off-with-staff/the-five-stages-of-grievance/

June 6, 2016: Tall Tattletales (about the temptation to snitch and the reason to do it) www.prison-diaries.com/manufacturing-criminals/tall-tattletales/

June 13, 2016: Spumoni Fashion and Other Nice Happenings (about how a warden doesn’t ever really get respect in a prison)  www.prison-diaries.com/safety-and-security/spumoni-fashion-and-other-nice-happenings/

June 20, 2016: Lawless America (on blaming victims and female prisoners’ histories of sexual abuse) www.prison-diaries.com/courthouse-battles/lawless-america/

June 26, 2016: You Here for Murder, Bozelko? (about the requirement that women in prison must have their appearances damaged or criticized)  www.prison-diaries.com/lessons-learned/you-here-for-murder-bozelko/

July 4, 2016: Go Shorty (about how lucky the author felt when she was feted on her 40th birthday)  www.prison-diaries.com/prison-food/go-shorty/

July 11, 2016:  It Is What It Is (The First Rule of Prison Life) (about the moral complacency of some prisoners)  www.prison-diaries.com/manufacturing-criminals/it-is-what-it-is-the-first-rule-of-prison-life/

July 18, 2016: Don’t Ask Questions in Jail (The Second Rule of Prison Life) (about inquisitiveness in prisoners and when it’s helpful and when it’s redundant) www.prison-diaries.com/lessons-learned/don’t-ask-questions-in-jail-the-second-rule-of-prison-life/

July 25, 2016: Karma Is a Motherfucker (The Third Rule of Prison Life) (about society’s addiction to retribution)  www.prison-diaries.com/lessons-learned/Karma-is-a-motherfucker/

August 1, 2016: T.I.E. One On (about how to react to an abusive guard)   www.prison-diaries.com/Squaring-off-with-staff/T-i-E-one-on/

August 8, 2016: Sign Language (about how misinformation flows within a prison) www.prison-diaries.com/orange-is-black/sign-language/

August 15, 2016: Stealy Nerves (about the real problem of inmates’ stealing within a prison)  www.prison-diaries.com/manufacturing-criminals/stealy-nerves/

August 22, 2016: Nuts (about inmate hypocrisy when a guard gets hurt)  www.prison-diaries.com/is-it-just-me/nuts/

August 29, 2016: All Things Being (about the principle of equality in a prison)  www.prison-diaries.com/safety-and-security/all-things-being/

September 5, 2016: Doctissima (about how education provides little advantage within a prison at times)  www.prison-diaries.com/lessons-learned/doctissima/

September 12, 2016: Omnia Vincit Riot (about how easy it is, ultimately, for prisoners to riot)  www.prison-diaries.com/safety-and-security/omnia-vincit-riot/

September 19, 2016: See How They Run (about how guards respond to various emergencies)  www.prison-diaries.com/safety-and-security/see-how-they-run/

September 26, 2016: In Low Places (about having or lacking friends in prison)  www.prison-diaries.com/is-it-just-me/in-low-places/

October 3, 2016: Power of One (about how high recidivism really is in a women’s prison)  www.prison-diaries.com/recidivism/power-of-one/

October 10, 2016: P-Word (about female prisoners’ use of the word “pussy”) www.prison-diaries.com/health-problems-in-the-clink/p-word/

October 17, 2016: Ten Pounds in a Five Pound Bag (about overcrowding)  www.prison-diaries.com/prison-conditions/ten-pounds-in-a-five-pound-bag/

October 24, 2016: Pretty Little (about how inmates lie)  www.prison-diaries.com/lessons-learned/pretty-little/

October 21, 2016: Streak Free, I Can See (about how to read the criminal mind)  www.prison-diaries.com/prison-food/streak-free-I-can-see/

November 7, 2016: Sips Tea (about prisoners on the eve of an election affected by the Tea Party)  www.prison-diaries.com/is-it-just-me/sips-tea

November 14, 2016: We Are Out of Sweet Rolls (about a prison’s incompetence)  www.prison-diaries.com/squaring-off-with-staff/we-are-out-of-sweet-rolls/

November 21, 2016: Dry Your Drip (about the way in which the author had sinks in the prison fixed with one letter to the editor)  www.prison-diaries.com/squaring-off-with-staff/dry-your-drip/

November 28, 2016: Tooth Wisdom (about poverty’s effect on health care, particularly dental care, and how that is especially disempowering for small women) www.prison-diaries.com/prison-conditions/tooth-wisdom/

December 5, 2016: No Returns Without a Receipt (about an objective way to predict recidivism in a departing inmate)  www.prison-diaries.com/manufacturing-criminals/no-returns-without-a-receipt/

December 12, 2016: Broken Sorter (about the psychiatric profession’s inability to predict dangerousness)  www.prison-diaries.com/Health-problems-in-the-clink/broken-sorter/

December 19, 2016: Getting Carded (about Christmas cards received in prison)  www.prison-diaries.com/prison-conditions/getting-carded/

December 26, 2016: Baby, You’re a Rich Man (about how all we need to solve the problems of  www.prison-diaries.com/lessons-learned/baby-youre-a-rich-man



Bozelko, Chandra.  Connecticut Prison Education Cuts Likely to Hurt Rehabilitation Efforts. The Connecticut Mirror, December 30, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. No Justice: When Abuse and Incarceration Intersect. Ms. Magazine, December 29, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra, An Open Christmas Letter to Sheriff Joe ArpaioArizona Daily Star, December 24, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. A Plea to the “Law and Order’ President. U.S. News and World Report, December 15, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. Pass Erin’s Law to Help Reduce Prison Population. Idaho Press Tribune, December 13, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. Is Dylann Roof Wearing His Prison Uniform on Purpose? The Charleston (S.C.) City Paper, December 8, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. Dylann Roof Should Not Be Allowed to Represent Himself. Reuters, December 1, 2016.

Bozelko. Chandra and Lathrop, Jaime. Give Lawyers a Tax Incentive to Take on Indigent Clients. The New Orleans Times Picayune, November 10, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. PICS (Post Incarceration Syndrome) Is a Significant Social Issue. Wyoming Eagle Tribune, October 10, 2016 (not available online.)

Bozelko, Chandra. Case Highlights Flaws of Felon Status. Louisville Courier-Journal, September 23, 2016. 

Bozelko, Chandra, From a Former Prisoner: How Private Prisons Can Protect Inmates. Forbes, September 1, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. How Ramen Became an Unlikely New Symbol of Prison Neglect, The Guardian, August 22, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. What’s Missing in “Orange Is the New Black”? USA Today, August 16, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. 10 Things that Season Four of “Orange is the New Black” Gets Wrong about Life in a Women’s Prison. The Huffington Post, July 28, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. 10 Things that Season Four of “Orange Is the New Black” Gets Right about Prison Life. The Huffington Post, July 25, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. It’s Up to Felons to Have Voting Rights Restored. The Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 7, 2016.  

Bozelko, Chandra. Ode to Piper. The Huffington Post, June 21, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. “Orange Is the New Black” Gets Prison Beauty Culture Right. Elle, June 16, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. The Unsung Villain in Brock Turner’s Lenient Sentence – Probation Officers. The Guardian, June 10, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. Trump Is Usually Wrong but He’s Right on this One. The Huffington Post, May 27, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. Solitary Confinement Is Inhumane. I Should Know; I Spent 30 Days There. The Guardian, April 28, 2016.

 Bozelko, Chandra. We Need to Make Getting ID’s Easier, Not Voting Without Them. The Daily Caller, April 27, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. Prison Visits Helped Me Prepare for Life After Release. Why Are They Under Threat? The Guardian, April 20, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. End Prison Gerrymandering in Connecticut. The Connecticut Mirror, April 1, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. The Smart Move: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel. Medium, March 28, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. The Prison Commercial Complex. The New York Times, March 21, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. If We Want to End the Opiate Epidemic, Prisons Are a Good Place to Start. The Guardian, March 8, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. Broken Toilets: The New Frontier of Prisoner Abuse. The Huffington Post, February 18, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. Landlords Discriminate Against Ex-Offenders. Tax Credits Can Change That. The Guardian, February 17, 2016. 

Bozelko, Chandra. The Cash Bail System Should Be Eliminated Rather Than Reformed. The Guardian, February 5, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. Connecticut Insanity Defense Offers Little Chance at Justice. The New Haven Register, February 3, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. Obama Is Right to Limit the Use of Solitary Confinement. The Guardian, January 26, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. Lawrence Phillips’ Suspected Suicide: Solitary Confinement Is Sometimes Underused. The Huffington Post, January 22, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. The Way to End Prison Privatization Could Be Corporate Competence. The Guardian, January 21, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. Solitary Confinement Settlement Could Be Short-Lived. The Albany Times Union, January 20, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. Actually, Steven Avery Is a Lucky Guy. The Huffington Post, January 20, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. When We Deny Food Stamps to Ex-Offenders We Set Them Up to Fail. The Guardian, January 14, 2016.

Bozelko, Chandra. End the Prisoner Rough Ride; Use Video-Conferencing Instead.  The Baltimore Sun, January 10, 2016.

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