Prison Diaries was honored on June 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California with a first place finish in the organization’s 2016 Column Contest for Online, Blog or Multimedia sites with under 100,000 unique visitors.
Judy Clarke’s Dementia Isn’t Funny and Renee Davis Brame’s Pop Depravity were awarded second and third place honors, respectively. Prison Diaries and its writer are honored to be considered alongside these excellent serial essayists.
The most flattering part of receiving this award was the judge’s/judges’ comments which read:
“It’s a part of the columnist’s art, touching readers by isolating the smallest things in daily life and teasing out the universality, providing connections between one writer and many readers, and thus between one of us and all of us. How rare and useful to take the everyday details of life in prison and let the rest of us “in,” as it were. There’s no special pleading in these columns, just a reminder of our common humanity under conditions most of us will never have to face.”
This is exactly what Prison Diaries set out to do. Knowing the Diaries achieved their goal is humbling and inspiring at the same time.
Since Prison Diaries attracts thousands of unique visitors every week and maybe five of you voted, the polls are closed. With civic participation like this, Deez Nuts is the projected winner of the 2016 presidential election.
From now on, beneath every post, Prison Diaries will present three new ideas in criminal justice reform from the previous week so readers can keep up on what’s happening and – if not vote – think.
Celebrating independence and freedom has special significance for anyone who was incarcerated. This Fourth of July, Prison Diaries salutes all the service dog training programs in prisons because they not only free inmates – if only in spirit – they also export independence for differently-abled persons.
Prison Diaries also salutes our friend, Spann Cordle, a former parole and probation officer who currently lives in Georgia with his service dog, Finn. Spann is the star-spangled example of independence as he advocates for people with disabilities by consulting with clients on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. His website, www.spannsworld.net, contains pics and his story, as well as links to all the press coverage he has received but, in Prison Diaries’ humble opinion, Spann deserves more attention than he gets. Check out Spann’s site and tweet/digg/spread this link using one of the buttons above. Spann’s is a story worth sharing.
Prison Diaries posts a new entry every Monday but we offer unique content across social media platforms: cartoons on tumblr, quotes on twitter, memes and other funny stuff on Instagram and Flickr (each platform has different material). Of course, you can like us on Facebook, too. Each Monday’s post on the other blogs includes a link to that week’s new story. That’s five different ways to take in the diaries. Try all five. We won’t disappoint you.