Hello All,

From here on out, we will not be uploading typed versions of the journal entries that prisoners send us. Instead, we will be uploading scans of journal submissions directly to this website. We will also be uploading more often so stay tuned for more journal posts!

Additionally you can now start responding to prisoners! Their mailing address will be included in the blog post in which their work has been featured. Please feel free to send a letter to any of these prisoners, we would very much appreciate it and so would they.

 

Update

Jason Menchaca- 1-1-13

Jason Menchaca

#895629

3899 St Hwy 985

New Boston, Texas, 73570

Telford Unit

It’s late in the evening as I start this new year’s thoughts of, where have I been and where am I going?  I ask this of myself as I lay on my bunk in a Texas prison.  Two main thoughts are a constant.  One being, improving my relationship with my daughter.  As of late I’ve tried to do my part in writing letters, sharing my inner thoughts of prison life and just to let her know that I love her.  But, I haven’t heard from her in years.  Maybe, this year will be different?

My second constant thought is of finding a legal means to my release from this Texas prison.  I’m at a loss as to where I’ll be if I can’t get the family support that I need.  I know most likely I’ll be stuck with this sixty year sentence but, I’ll try to find a way to do it myself.  As it is, I’m stuck now, right?

For the past fourteen years my incarceration has only made me bitter and critical.  I’m trying to change that and be more aware of my potential to do something that will move me closer to my freedom. It’s hard because I feel so alone.  The constant pressure by these so called over seers who believe in only stripping me of my dignity.  Adds on to the oppression by the systematic policies by the Texas prison administration when they tell me that I’m no good for nothing.  That I’m only a number to be stored away till I die.  The weight of that drags me down my core.  I try to find myself.  Looking for what spark that will drive me forward to what I need to do.  Maybe this year I’ll find more of myself.