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  • Government Name: Tewhan Butler
  • Register Number: 26852-050
  • Age:34
  • Time Served:11 years
  • Home Town:East Orange, NJ
  • Sentence:30 yrs.
  • Current Charge:RICO
  • Alias:Massacre
  • Release Date:2029
  • Prison Affiliation:Blood (Double ii/QSBG)
  • Circle of Influence:Altariq Gumbs, Emmanuel Jones, Lester Alford, Marco Miguel Robertson, Pele Brown, David Drone, Jermaine Ray, Marcus Martin, Michael Simpson, Omar Austin, Quaheem Edwards, Torvos Simpson, Vincent Gamboa
  • Institution:USP McCreary
  • Here, my life behind bars offers understanding for those of you who venture into ‘the life’ with no understanding of its consequences: the adversity, the obstacles and the journey one must travel alone when the gavel is slammed, your cell is locked and the lights go out.

The Fight is Never Ending

Friday morning following a brief conversation with another inmate who just so happens to be serving three (3) life sentences plus an additional 120 years- Talk about overkill; our system playing eye for an eye. Who has the right to kill? Who has the right to sentence another to DEATH? – And really at a loss for words, as my mere 30 years was a term he went to sleep praying for. As he spoke, the look in his eyes was one of “I WILL NOT GIVE UP”. Even knowing that here in the depths of hell, the belly of the beast, is where he shall spend his last days, still he fights for life.

“How do you do it?” I asked.

“The only way it is supposed to be done my brother in struggle, for the people,” he responded.

“But what do you mean; do you not comprehend the magnitude of life alone?” I asked.

Almost insulted and near offended he shot back,

“There is nothing I do not understand and this is what makes me, not comfortable, or content with my reality, but accepting of my truth and my truth is not to lay down because struggle and hardship awaits me, because surely it will greet us all. However my reality and truth is to fight until I cannot fight any longer. My brother in struggle, my fight, if I fight hard enough and for ALL the right reasons, will in time bring about a peace that can never be let go of.”

The morning following our conversation I was left with added strength and the understanding that the fight is never ending. Because somewhere, even outside of these prison’s walls, there is someone who is still struggling.


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