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  • Government Name: Marcus Martin
  • Register Number: 38109-007
  • Age:30
  • Time Served:10 years +
  • Home Town:Washington D.C.
  • Sentence:624 months (52 years)
  • Current Charge:Conspiracy, Murder 1st Degree
  • Alias:Marquise or Salahudeen
  • Release Date:2052
  • Prison Affiliation:Muslim
  • Circle of Influence:Only men with something on their mind.
  • Institution:USP Canaan
  • I am a black male whose life was destroyed due to the glorification of the streets.
  • Hope for the Future

    I send my condolences to the families of all the victims of police brutality. We must strengthen our rope of hope! I have been in a dull and bitter emotional state for sometime now. Watching the news makes me feel some type of way. It’s very painful to see the lack of justice and accountability in today’s world. Not only are we as people murdered by government officials, but we as people are harassed. It seems that color supersedes all. There seems to be never-ending roadblocks to... READ MORE

  • Prison in its Truest Form

    “Even though we can’t have all we want, we ought to be thankful we don’t get all that we deserve” – Anon Just like every other day, I’ve awakened to the sounds of food slots opening at 5:30 in the morning. Once again a worthless breakfast designed to keep you alive instead of nourished. I’m smiling, something I do every morning, thankful for life while my heart beats for better. I smile to hide any and all signs of frustration, and do not allow myself... READ MORE

  • The Youth are Our Blessings

    As today leaves and tomorrow comes you must take heed to everything that passes your grasp. You learn something new daily, you feel differently each day as well. Today, ambition may dwindle, only to heighten another tomorrow. In my eye, the youth are our blessings because they are our future. We must guide them correctly in order to instill love and knowledge and the desire to be somebody someday! We must have patience with the youth and let them know somebody cares. If the youth need... READ MORE

  • Perspectives from Prison: Baltimore Riots (II)

    Perspectives from Prison is a new Live from Lockdown feature sharing perspectives from prisoners on current events in conversation form. The first is between Tewhan Butler and Marcus Martin, prisoners in the Special Management Unit as USP Lewisburg. My response to Mr. Butler’s statement and question. I must say that your words touched the base of my beliefs. I too have listened closely to the news surrounding the Baltimore riots. Let me say this, my condolence goes out to the family of... READ MORE

  • Poem: Dreams

    Growing up I had dreams of doing it big. I wanted the fast cars, beautiful women, major bucks, yet I was still a kid. You get what you give, so I planted seeds knowing what I reap would be sweet. But once I made my dreams come true, I realized there’s no real love in the streets. There’s nothing but problems, and I’d die first before I let anything get out of line. What I wanted was something to claim, like a neighborhood that’s not even mine. My dreams as a kid, done... READ MORE

  • Prison Suicide: Only the Strong Survive

    A recent prison suicide led a federal prisoner to reflect on the phrase ‘only the strong survive’. Today I finally understand the meaning of only the strong survive. At one time, I thought that the meaning was directed at the PHYSICAL state, until I began reaching a bit more and realized it applied more toward being mentally strong. There are statues that declare only the strong survive, and in the sense of gladiators and other strength activities, true indeed. As you look deeper... READ MORE

  • Marcus Martin

    In my years of learning who I truly am as a person, I came to realize that my past thoughts were full of ignorance. With this came my desire for change, which resulted in mental and spiritual change. Afterwards, I became more humble and more attentive to my surroundings. I realized that I was not alone in ignorance. Allah has blessed me with the capability to connect with the many different individuals who possess different beliefs, ethnic backgrounds and affiliations with ease. So I utilized... READ MORE

  • Hope for the Future

    I send my condolences to the families of all the victims of police brutality. We must strengthen our rope of hope! I have been in a dull and bitter emotional state for sometime now. Watching the news makes me feel some type of way. It’s very painful to see the lack of justice and accountability in today’s world. Not only are we as people murdered by government officials, but we as people are harassed. It seems that color supersedes all. There seems to be never-ending roadblocks to... READ MORE

  • Prison in its Truest Form

    “Even though we can’t have all we want, we ought to be thankful we don’t get all that we deserve” – Anon Just like every other day, I’ve awakened to the sounds of food slots opening at 5:30 in the morning. Once again a worthless breakfast designed to keep you alive instead of nourished. I’m smiling, something I do every morning, thankful for life while my heart beats for better. I smile to hide any and all signs of frustration, and do not allow myself... READ MORE

  • The Youth are Our Blessings

    As today leaves and tomorrow comes you must take heed to everything that passes your grasp. You learn something new daily, you feel differently each day as well. Today, ambition may dwindle, only to heighten another tomorrow. In my eye, the youth are our blessings because they are our future. We must guide them correctly in order to instill love and knowledge and the desire to be somebody someday! We must have patience with the youth and let them know somebody cares. If the youth need... READ MORE

  • Perspectives from Prison: Baltimore Riots (II)

    Perspectives from Prison is a new Live from Lockdown feature sharing perspectives from prisoners on current events in conversation form. The first is between Tewhan Butler and Marcus Martin, prisoners in the Special Management Unit as USP Lewisburg. My response to Mr. Butler’s statement and question. I must say that your words touched the base of my beliefs. I too have listened closely to the news surrounding the Baltimore riots. Let me say this, my condolence goes out to the family of... READ MORE

  • Poem: Dreams

    Growing up I had dreams of doing it big. I wanted the fast cars, beautiful women, major bucks, yet I was still a kid. You get what you give, so I planted seeds knowing what I reap would be sweet. But once I made my dreams come true, I realized there’s no real love in the streets. There’s nothing but problems, and I’d die first before I let anything get out of line. What I wanted was something to claim, like a neighborhood that’s not even mine. My dreams as a kid, done... READ MORE

  • Prison Suicide: Only the Strong Survive

    A recent prison suicide led a federal prisoner to reflect on the phrase ‘only the strong survive’. Today I finally understand the meaning of only the strong survive. At one time, I thought that the meaning was directed at the PHYSICAL state, until I began reaching a bit more and realized it applied more toward being mentally strong. There are statues that declare only the strong survive, and in the sense of gladiators and other strength activities, true indeed. As you look deeper... READ MORE

  • Marcus Martin

    In my years of learning who I truly am as a person, I came to realize that my past thoughts were full of ignorance. With this came my desire for change, which resulted in mental and spiritual change. Afterwards, I became more humble and more attentive to my surroundings. I realized that I was not alone in ignorance. Allah has blessed me with the capability to connect with the many different individuals who possess different beliefs, ethnic backgrounds and affiliations with ease. So I utilized... READ MORE

  • Hope for the Future

    I send my condolences to the families of all the victims of police brutality. We must strengthen our rope of hope! I have been in a dull and bitter emotional state for sometime now. Watching the news makes me feel some type of way. It’s very painful to see the lack of justice and accountability in today’s world. Not only are we as people murdered by government officials, but we as people are harassed. It seems that color supersedes all. There seems to be never-ending roadblocks to... READ MORE

  • Prison in its Truest Form

    “Even though we can’t have all we want, we ought to be thankful we don’t get all that we deserve” – Anon Just like every other day, I’ve awakened to the sounds of food slots opening at 5:30 in the morning. Once again a worthless breakfast designed to keep you alive instead of nourished. I’m smiling, something I do every morning, thankful for life while my heart beats for better. I smile to hide any and all signs of frustration, and do not allow myself... READ MORE

  • The Youth are Our Blessings

    As today leaves and tomorrow comes you must take heed to everything that passes your grasp. You learn something new daily, you feel differently each day as well. Today, ambition may dwindle, only to heighten another tomorrow. In my eye, the youth are our blessings because they are our future. We must guide them correctly in order to instill love and knowledge and the desire to be somebody someday! We must have patience with the youth and let them know somebody cares. If the youth need... READ MORE

  • Perspectives from Prison: Baltimore Riots (II)

    Perspectives from Prison is a new Live from Lockdown feature sharing perspectives from prisoners on current events in conversation form. The first is between Tewhan Butler and Marcus Martin, prisoners in the Special Management Unit as USP Lewisburg. My response to Mr. Butler’s statement and question. I must say that your words touched the base of my beliefs. I too have listened closely to the news surrounding the Baltimore riots. Let me say this, my condolence goes out to the family of... READ MORE

  • Poem: Dreams

    Growing up I had dreams of doing it big. I wanted the fast cars, beautiful women, major bucks, yet I was still a kid. You get what you give, so I planted seeds knowing what I reap would be sweet. But once I made my dreams come true, I realized there’s no real love in the streets. There’s nothing but problems, and I’d die first before I let anything get out of line. What I wanted was something to claim, like a neighborhood that’s not even mine. My dreams as a kid, done... READ MORE

  • Prison Suicide: Only the Strong Survive

    A recent prison suicide led a federal prisoner to reflect on the phrase ‘only the strong survive’. Today I finally understand the meaning of only the strong survive. At one time, I thought that the meaning was directed at the PHYSICAL state, until I began reaching a bit more and realized it applied more toward being mentally strong. There are statues that declare only the strong survive, and in the sense of gladiators and other strength activities, true indeed. As you look deeper... READ MORE

  • Marcus Martin

    In my years of learning who I truly am as a person, I came to realize that my past thoughts were full of ignorance. With this came my desire for change, which resulted in mental and spiritual change. Afterwards, I became more humble and more attentive to my surroundings. I realized that I was not alone in ignorance. Allah has blessed me with the capability to connect with the many different individuals who possess different beliefs, ethnic backgrounds and affiliations with ease. So I utilized... READ MORE

  • Hope for the Future

    I send my condolences to the families of all the victims of police brutality. We must strengthen our rope of hope! I have been in a dull and bitter emotional state for sometime now. Watching the news makes me feel some type of way. It’s very painful to see the lack of justice and accountability in today’s world. Not only are we as people murdered by government officials, but we as people are harassed. It seems that color supersedes all. There seems to be never-ending roadblocks to... READ MORE

  • Prison in its Truest Form

    “Even though we can’t have all we want, we ought to be thankful we don’t get all that we deserve” – Anon Just like every other day, I’ve awakened to the sounds of food slots opening at 5:30 in the morning. Once again a worthless breakfast designed to keep you alive instead of nourished. I’m smiling, something I do every morning, thankful for life while my heart beats for better. I smile to hide any and all signs of frustration, and do not allow myself... READ MORE

  • The Youth are Our Blessings

    As today leaves and tomorrow comes you must take heed to everything that passes your grasp. You learn something new daily, you feel differently each day as well. Today, ambition may dwindle, only to heighten another tomorrow. In my eye, the youth are our blessings because they are our future. We must guide them correctly in order to instill love and knowledge and the desire to be somebody someday! We must have patience with the youth and let them know somebody cares. If the youth need... READ MORE

  • Perspectives from Prison: Baltimore Riots (II)

    Perspectives from Prison is a new Live from Lockdown feature sharing perspectives from prisoners on current events in conversation form. The first is between Tewhan Butler and Marcus Martin, prisoners in the Special Management Unit as USP Lewisburg. My response to Mr. Butler’s statement and question. I must say that your words touched the base of my beliefs. I too have listened closely to the news surrounding the Baltimore riots. Let me say this, my condolence goes out to the family of... READ MORE

  • Poem: Dreams

    Growing up I had dreams of doing it big. I wanted the fast cars, beautiful women, major bucks, yet I was still a kid. You get what you give, so I planted seeds knowing what I reap would be sweet. But once I made my dreams come true, I realized there’s no real love in the streets. There’s nothing but problems, and I’d die first before I let anything get out of line. What I wanted was something to claim, like a neighborhood that’s not even mine. My dreams as a kid, done... READ MORE

  • Prison Suicide: Only the Strong Survive

    A recent prison suicide led a federal prisoner to reflect on the phrase ‘only the strong survive’. Today I finally understand the meaning of only the strong survive. At one time, I thought that the meaning was directed at the PHYSICAL state, until I began reaching a bit more and realized it applied more toward being mentally strong. There are statues that declare only the strong survive, and in the sense of gladiators and other strength activities, true indeed. As you look deeper... READ MORE

  • Marcus Martin

    In my years of learning who I truly am as a person, I came to realize that my past thoughts were full of ignorance. With this came my desire for change, which resulted in mental and spiritual change. Afterwards, I became more humble and more attentive to my surroundings. I realized that I was not alone in ignorance. Allah has blessed me with the capability to connect with the many different individuals who possess different beliefs, ethnic backgrounds and affiliations with ease. So I utilized... READ MORE


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