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  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/george-frison/

    George Frison

    My name is George Frison aka G-Ball. I am 50 years of age and was raised on the Southside of Chicago in the Auburn-Gresham area, on the borderline of Englewood. I came from what many would consider to be a well-to-do family, as my parents owned and operated an upholstery business in our neighborhood around 79th and Loomis. I was also raised in a Lutheran Church and sang in the choir. In 1980, I had a fight with a boy over a girl. After a series of retaliation by his older brothers against me,...READ MORE

  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/saggin/

    Saggin’

    The following is a guest post written by Roosevelt Wilder while at Stateville Correctional Center (Joliet, Illinois). Wilder has since been transferred to Danville Correctional Center (Danville, Illionis) where he is serving a 60-year sentence for murder. He has been incarcerated since 1995. Fruit of the loom Saggin’ from the ass of the fruit of the womb. Ashy backs and ass cracks Sadly, howling at the moon, Doomed . . . before they could learn to eat with a spoon Consumed . . . by the...READ MORE

  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/donald-trump-trumped/

    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

  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/solutions-poverty-struggle-people/

    Solutions To The Day-To-Day Struggles Of The People

    I am so sick of watching these programs with these so-called solutions to the violence in impoverished communities, especially in my hometown of Chicago. The people who come up with these solutions live in shiny highrises and fancy and comfortable homes and are out of touch. They do not understand the day-to-day struggles of the people in the communities they speak about. They are so quick to say the primary solution is repairing the broken home or the relationship between police and community,...READ MORE

  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/ptsd-post-traumatic-stress-disorder/

    Hood PTSD is Real

    I know a secret that most men and women in prison and in urban America suffer from. Our secret is is Hood Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Hood PTSD). Hood PTSD is an understanding and recognition that men, women and children raised in war-torn ghettos across the United States of America face the same harms, anxieties and mental disorders as our soldiers who serve in the military and go to war. I believe my mental disorder (Hood PTSD) was caused by numerous factors such as abusive parents,...READ MORE

  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/mis-education-black-children/

    The Mis-Education of Black Children

    “The marvel of the living mind is that when it is illumined it can move into uncharted territories. It is enabled to take this step not out of reaction to the hurts of the past, but through the miracle of liberation from them…” -Indira Gandhi I read somewhere that “one of the highest most universal freedom in the world is the freedom to educate your children to live free.” But that is a freedom consistently, systematically and viciously denied the children of African descent in...READ MORE

  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/al-hatley/

    Al Hatley

    I am Alan Hatley aka AlCapWes. I am 61-years-young. I am a prisoner being held at the old Illinois state penitentiary (Stateville) in Joliet, Illinois. I’m serving a LIFE sentence for Murder and Home Invasion. I’ve been locked up since November 6, 1989. I’m from the city of Chicago, a neighborhood called K-Town, located in the city’s 24th Ward known as North Lawndale, 60623, where I have no street affiliations. Now, looking back over my life, I can see with clear...READ MORE

  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/samuel-karim-who-i-am/

    Samuel Karim: Who I Am

    20 years of incarceration- Samuel Karim of Chicago, Illinois Digging deep in the complex soil that is me, Samuel Karim, understanding why I am who I am– that is my legacy. I was born during the 1970s into a Muslim home with its own complexities. My father was a minister of the Nation of Islam. I was born in Chicago. I have lived in Saint Louis, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, and Gary, Indiana. I have attended around nineteen different schools. I really never had any sort of foundation except...READ MORE

  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/wake-up-raise-up/

    Time to Wake Up

    It’s time to wake up! Along time ago I had to learn to accept that just as not all characters are the same, not all minds are alike. Therefore because a lesson is capable of being taught by one does not dictate that it can easily be learned by another. Certain things can be understood by certain people, but most things are likely to be misunderstood by most people. Look, I’m no athlete, actor, politician, or any other type public figure, so I don’t have to be politically...READ MORE

  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/overcoming-emotions-for-successful-reentry/

    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


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