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  • Government Name: Mark Dixon
  • Register Number: R-01558
  • Age:32
  • Time Served:14 years
  • Home Town:Chicago, Illinois
  • Sentence:35 years
  • Current Charge:1st Degree Murder, 2 Counts of Attempted Murder
  • Alias:Chyna Bo
  • Release Date:2034
  • Prison Affiliation:Gangster Disciple
  • Circle of Influence:LaBron Neal Bey, Fall Back
  • Institution:Pickneyville Correctional Center
  • With every child murdered in the streets, the bullseye on your head grows bigger.
  • Black History Matters

    Great men and women have come from Africa and have exhibited the dignity and intelligence of their ancestors. The story of the so-called black man and woman cannot be told in a few bits about slavery. For there would remain too much untold. If we want to talk about the history of the black man we have to start with Eve, the mother of all civilization Her dark bronze skin and clever mind drew the pattern for our survival tens of thousands of years ago. Her imprint guides us to Egypt. There... READ MORE

  • Trumped Out

    Right about now the entire world is focused on Donald Trump taking office. Everyone is concerned with Trump’s political leanings. By all means, we should have a space in our lives for politics. However, the state of real policy and law-making exists on such a level that the masses have very little actual insight into what’s happening. We need to focus on changing our world and make the real changes happen ourselves. Politicians will never fix the income gap between the rich and the... READ MORE

  • The Time Is Now

    When the moment passes you by you will be surprised. Having allowed yourself to be distracted by so much else you really did not have time for it. Maybe later love. Today’s bad for me. Hey, have you seen my right now? You say searching for it between work and Snapchat interests. “Mommy, can you help me with this?” asks an eager pre-teen begging for attention. “Go play baby. I’ll help you later.” you say intent on watching your favorite Netflix show. Years... READ MORE

  • 4 Keys to Enrich Your Life

    From an Illinois state prison, Mark Dixon suggests four keys to enrich your life. 1- Ask yourself often: How is my relationship with God? Does it motivate me in useful ways? Is it leading me in a path that aligns with true spiritual teaching? 2- Ask yourself often: Does my presence in life serve a purpose for anyone other than me? 3- Ask yourself often: Are the relationships in my life healthy? Are the people in my circle really for me? 4- Ask honestly: Do I have a healthy relationship with... READ MORE

  • Overcoming Emotions for Successful Reentry

    For many prisoners the thought of reentry will spark a mix of emotions. Joy, excitement, anticipation will  surely be among them. Tagging along in the back of your mind will undoubtedly be little brother fear. Fear of not having a stable place, or any place, to go. Fear of not being able to get a job. Fear of not being able to get by on minimum wage. Fear of old enemies looking for revenge. These concerns, and possibly more, are at the root of why many prisoners get out of prison only to come... READ MORE

  • Kill the Rhetoric: End Police Brutality

    Recent shots fired have entered the bodies of unarmed citizens and come out the other side only to kill policemen. All across America the anger, the fear, built up between police officers and poor minority communities is becoming weaponized. Those of us on the sidelines can’t help but wonder, where is this going? If America is to ever truly become the land of the free and a land of equality, that must start with all citizens enjoying the right to live. No sane mind would suggest that the... READ MORE

  • Intoxication Rape

    The Stanford rape case compelled me to write this post. Imagine you’re out with a buddy. The two of you decide to hit a bar. As the night goes on, he mentions that he had a rough week and needs to unwind. “I got you,” you say as you try to get the bartender’s attention. “Two beers, two shots of tequila and keep ’em coming!” You and your friend sit at the bar laughing, drinking and making a game of trying to figure who will give in to the shots of... READ MORE

  • Everyday Magic

    Within every thought, word and deed lies power. Power that often goes unacknowledged. Our thoughts are seeds that go bloom in the form of magnificent buildings, life-changing inventions, inspiring poems, and enlightening books. Words emerge from the comfort of our lips aiming for the cushion of the ear. From there they spark the mind into action like a car’s engine. Our deeds are the most obvious semblance of power. One act sparks a revolution that changes the world. Also, one act can... READ MORE

  • The Glasses We Wear

    Getty Images Have you ever heard someone say that another person was looking at the world through rose-colored glasses? Maybe not. Maybe you’ve heard someone looks at the opposite sex through beer googles. Whenever I hear these phrases I understand them to mean that someone’s way of thinking shapes their perception and how they view the world. In the case of someone who views the world through rose-colored glasses, their idealistic view of things blinds them to the negative... READ MORE

  • Prison Education: On Becoming a Man

    During a recent prison education class, the thought was raised that some people may not recognize themselves as men until others, whom they respect, acknowledge them as men. Immediately, I began to drift back to more ancient times when different cultures used rituals to develop their males from boy to manhood. African cultures deemed it necessary for males to face animals, even deadly predators, to conquer their fears. Asian tradition used body tattooing as a means for males to learn to deal... READ MORE

  • Black History Matters

    Great men and women have come from Africa and have exhibited the dignity and intelligence of their ancestors. The story of the so-called black man and woman cannot be told in a few bits about slavery. For there would remain too much untold. If we want to talk about the history of the black man we have to start with Eve, the mother of all civilization Her dark bronze skin and clever mind drew the pattern for our survival tens of thousands of years ago. Her imprint guides us to Egypt. There... READ MORE

  • Trumped Out

    Right about now the entire world is focused on Donald Trump taking office. Everyone is concerned with Trump’s political leanings. By all means, we should have a space in our lives for politics. However, the state of real policy and law-making exists on such a level that the masses have very little actual insight into what’s happening. We need to focus on changing our world and make the real changes happen ourselves. Politicians will never fix the income gap between the rich and the... READ MORE

  • The Time Is Now

    When the moment passes you by you will be surprised. Having allowed yourself to be distracted by so much else you really did not have time for it. Maybe later love. Today’s bad for me. Hey, have you seen my right now? You say searching for it between work and Snapchat interests. “Mommy, can you help me with this?” asks an eager pre-teen begging for attention. “Go play baby. I’ll help you later.” you say intent on watching your favorite Netflix show. Years... READ MORE

  • 4 Keys to Enrich Your Life

    From an Illinois state prison, Mark Dixon suggests four keys to enrich your life. 1- Ask yourself often: How is my relationship with God? Does it motivate me in useful ways? Is it leading me in a path that aligns with true spiritual teaching? 2- Ask yourself often: Does my presence in life serve a purpose for anyone other than me? 3- Ask yourself often: Are the relationships in my life healthy? Are the people in my circle really for me? 4- Ask honestly: Do I have a healthy relationship with... READ MORE

  • Overcoming Emotions for Successful Reentry

    For many prisoners the thought of reentry will spark a mix of emotions. Joy, excitement, anticipation will  surely be among them. Tagging along in the back of your mind will undoubtedly be little brother fear. Fear of not having a stable place, or any place, to go. Fear of not being able to get a job. Fear of not being able to get by on minimum wage. Fear of old enemies looking for revenge. These concerns, and possibly more, are at the root of why many prisoners get out of prison only to come... READ MORE

  • Kill the Rhetoric: End Police Brutality

    Recent shots fired have entered the bodies of unarmed citizens and come out the other side only to kill policemen. All across America the anger, the fear, built up between police officers and poor minority communities is becoming weaponized. Those of us on the sidelines can’t help but wonder, where is this going? If America is to ever truly become the land of the free and a land of equality, that must start with all citizens enjoying the right to live. No sane mind would suggest that the... READ MORE

  • Intoxication Rape

    The Stanford rape case compelled me to write this post. Imagine you’re out with a buddy. The two of you decide to hit a bar. As the night goes on, he mentions that he had a rough week and needs to unwind. “I got you,” you say as you try to get the bartender’s attention. “Two beers, two shots of tequila and keep ’em coming!” You and your friend sit at the bar laughing, drinking and making a game of trying to figure who will give in to the shots of... READ MORE

  • Everyday Magic

    Within every thought, word and deed lies power. Power that often goes unacknowledged. Our thoughts are seeds that go bloom in the form of magnificent buildings, life-changing inventions, inspiring poems, and enlightening books. Words emerge from the comfort of our lips aiming for the cushion of the ear. From there they spark the mind into action like a car’s engine. Our deeds are the most obvious semblance of power. One act sparks a revolution that changes the world. Also, one act can... READ MORE

  • The Glasses We Wear

    Getty Images Have you ever heard someone say that another person was looking at the world through rose-colored glasses? Maybe not. Maybe you’ve heard someone looks at the opposite sex through beer googles. Whenever I hear these phrases I understand them to mean that someone’s way of thinking shapes their perception and how they view the world. In the case of someone who views the world through rose-colored glasses, their idealistic view of things blinds them to the negative... READ MORE

  • Prison Education: On Becoming a Man

    During a recent prison education class, the thought was raised that some people may not recognize themselves as men until others, whom they respect, acknowledge them as men. Immediately, I began to drift back to more ancient times when different cultures used rituals to develop their males from boy to manhood. African cultures deemed it necessary for males to face animals, even deadly predators, to conquer their fears. Asian tradition used body tattooing as a means for males to learn to deal... READ MORE

  • Black History Matters

    Great men and women have come from Africa and have exhibited the dignity and intelligence of their ancestors. The story of the so-called black man and woman cannot be told in a few bits about slavery. For there would remain too much untold. If we want to talk about the history of the black man we have to start with Eve, the mother of all civilization Her dark bronze skin and clever mind drew the pattern for our survival tens of thousands of years ago. Her imprint guides us to Egypt. There... READ MORE

  • Trumped Out

    Right about now the entire world is focused on Donald Trump taking office. Everyone is concerned with Trump’s political leanings. By all means, we should have a space in our lives for politics. However, the state of real policy and law-making exists on such a level that the masses have very little actual insight into what’s happening. We need to focus on changing our world and make the real changes happen ourselves. Politicians will never fix the income gap between the rich and the... READ MORE

  • The Time Is Now

    When the moment passes you by you will be surprised. Having allowed yourself to be distracted by so much else you really did not have time for it. Maybe later love. Today’s bad for me. Hey, have you seen my right now? You say searching for it between work and Snapchat interests. “Mommy, can you help me with this?” asks an eager pre-teen begging for attention. “Go play baby. I’ll help you later.” you say intent on watching your favorite Netflix show. Years... READ MORE

  • 4 Keys to Enrich Your Life

    From an Illinois state prison, Mark Dixon suggests four keys to enrich your life. 1- Ask yourself often: How is my relationship with God? Does it motivate me in useful ways? Is it leading me in a path that aligns with true spiritual teaching? 2- Ask yourself often: Does my presence in life serve a purpose for anyone other than me? 3- Ask yourself often: Are the relationships in my life healthy? Are the people in my circle really for me? 4- Ask honestly: Do I have a healthy relationship with... READ MORE

  • Overcoming Emotions for Successful Reentry

    For many prisoners the thought of reentry will spark a mix of emotions. Joy, excitement, anticipation will  surely be among them. Tagging along in the back of your mind will undoubtedly be little brother fear. Fear of not having a stable place, or any place, to go. Fear of not being able to get a job. Fear of not being able to get by on minimum wage. Fear of old enemies looking for revenge. These concerns, and possibly more, are at the root of why many prisoners get out of prison only to come... READ MORE

  • Kill the Rhetoric: End Police Brutality

    Recent shots fired have entered the bodies of unarmed citizens and come out the other side only to kill policemen. All across America the anger, the fear, built up between police officers and poor minority communities is becoming weaponized. Those of us on the sidelines can’t help but wonder, where is this going? If America is to ever truly become the land of the free and a land of equality, that must start with all citizens enjoying the right to live. No sane mind would suggest that the... READ MORE

  • Intoxication Rape

    The Stanford rape case compelled me to write this post. Imagine you’re out with a buddy. The two of you decide to hit a bar. As the night goes on, he mentions that he had a rough week and needs to unwind. “I got you,” you say as you try to get the bartender’s attention. “Two beers, two shots of tequila and keep ’em coming!” You and your friend sit at the bar laughing, drinking and making a game of trying to figure who will give in to the shots of... READ MORE

  • Everyday Magic

    Within every thought, word and deed lies power. Power that often goes unacknowledged. Our thoughts are seeds that go bloom in the form of magnificent buildings, life-changing inventions, inspiring poems, and enlightening books. Words emerge from the comfort of our lips aiming for the cushion of the ear. From there they spark the mind into action like a car’s engine. Our deeds are the most obvious semblance of power. One act sparks a revolution that changes the world. Also, one act can... READ MORE

  • The Glasses We Wear

    Getty Images Have you ever heard someone say that another person was looking at the world through rose-colored glasses? Maybe not. Maybe you’ve heard someone looks at the opposite sex through beer googles. Whenever I hear these phrases I understand them to mean that someone’s way of thinking shapes their perception and how they view the world. In the case of someone who views the world through rose-colored glasses, their idealistic view of things blinds them to the negative... READ MORE

  • Prison Education: On Becoming a Man

    During a recent prison education class, the thought was raised that some people may not recognize themselves as men until others, whom they respect, acknowledge them as men. Immediately, I began to drift back to more ancient times when different cultures used rituals to develop their males from boy to manhood. African cultures deemed it necessary for males to face animals, even deadly predators, to conquer their fears. Asian tradition used body tattooing as a means for males to learn to deal... READ MORE

  • Black History Matters

    Great men and women have come from Africa and have exhibited the dignity and intelligence of their ancestors. The story of the so-called black man and woman cannot be told in a few bits about slavery. For there would remain too much untold. If we want to talk about the history of the black man we have to start with Eve, the mother of all civilization Her dark bronze skin and clever mind drew the pattern for our survival tens of thousands of years ago. Her imprint guides us to Egypt. There... READ MORE

  • Trumped Out

    Right about now the entire world is focused on Donald Trump taking office. Everyone is concerned with Trump’s political leanings. By all means, we should have a space in our lives for politics. However, the state of real policy and law-making exists on such a level that the masses have very little actual insight into what’s happening. We need to focus on changing our world and make the real changes happen ourselves. Politicians will never fix the income gap between the rich and the... READ MORE

  • The Time Is Now

    When the moment passes you by you will be surprised. Having allowed yourself to be distracted by so much else you really did not have time for it. Maybe later love. Today’s bad for me. Hey, have you seen my right now? You say searching for it between work and Snapchat interests. “Mommy, can you help me with this?” asks an eager pre-teen begging for attention. “Go play baby. I’ll help you later.” you say intent on watching your favorite Netflix show. Years... READ MORE

  • 4 Keys to Enrich Your Life

    From an Illinois state prison, Mark Dixon suggests four keys to enrich your life. 1- Ask yourself often: How is my relationship with God? Does it motivate me in useful ways? Is it leading me in a path that aligns with true spiritual teaching? 2- Ask yourself often: Does my presence in life serve a purpose for anyone other than me? 3- Ask yourself often: Are the relationships in my life healthy? Are the people in my circle really for me? 4- Ask honestly: Do I have a healthy relationship with... READ MORE

  • Overcoming Emotions for Successful Reentry

    For many prisoners the thought of reentry will spark a mix of emotions. Joy, excitement, anticipation will  surely be among them. Tagging along in the back of your mind will undoubtedly be little brother fear. Fear of not having a stable place, or any place, to go. Fear of not being able to get a job. Fear of not being able to get by on minimum wage. Fear of old enemies looking for revenge. These concerns, and possibly more, are at the root of why many prisoners get out of prison only to come... READ MORE

  • Kill the Rhetoric: End Police Brutality

    Recent shots fired have entered the bodies of unarmed citizens and come out the other side only to kill policemen. All across America the anger, the fear, built up between police officers and poor minority communities is becoming weaponized. Those of us on the sidelines can’t help but wonder, where is this going? If America is to ever truly become the land of the free and a land of equality, that must start with all citizens enjoying the right to live. No sane mind would suggest that the... READ MORE

  • Intoxication Rape

    The Stanford rape case compelled me to write this post. Imagine you’re out with a buddy. The two of you decide to hit a bar. As the night goes on, he mentions that he had a rough week and needs to unwind. “I got you,” you say as you try to get the bartender’s attention. “Two beers, two shots of tequila and keep ’em coming!” You and your friend sit at the bar laughing, drinking and making a game of trying to figure who will give in to the shots of... READ MORE

  • Everyday Magic

    Within every thought, word and deed lies power. Power that often goes unacknowledged. Our thoughts are seeds that go bloom in the form of magnificent buildings, life-changing inventions, inspiring poems, and enlightening books. Words emerge from the comfort of our lips aiming for the cushion of the ear. From there they spark the mind into action like a car’s engine. Our deeds are the most obvious semblance of power. One act sparks a revolution that changes the world. Also, one act can... READ MORE

  • The Glasses We Wear

    Getty Images Have you ever heard someone say that another person was looking at the world through rose-colored glasses? Maybe not. Maybe you’ve heard someone looks at the opposite sex through beer googles. Whenever I hear these phrases I understand them to mean that someone’s way of thinking shapes their perception and how they view the world. In the case of someone who views the world through rose-colored glasses, their idealistic view of things blinds them to the negative... READ MORE

  • Prison Education: On Becoming a Man

    During a recent prison education class, the thought was raised that some people may not recognize themselves as men until others, whom they respect, acknowledge them as men. Immediately, I began to drift back to more ancient times when different cultures used rituals to develop their males from boy to manhood. African cultures deemed it necessary for males to face animals, even deadly predators, to conquer their fears. Asian tradition used body tattooing as a means for males to learn to deal... READ MORE


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