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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.

We Are All Struggling

MY ‘hood, MY community, MY environment, a village that no longer raises the child. MY neighbor doesn’t feel for the child deserted in the streets left standing with eyes full of hunger. Uncompassionate and ignorant to a truth that our struggles are the same.

YOUR home may be decorated in prettier paint. YOUR lawn may be freshly manicured, while my weeded grass is unkempt. Does this make you better? Does this justify the slamming of your door in the face of the future? Do we not reside on the same block, same street?

I suppose your very last dollar spent on those red bottoms make it easier for you to step over and above the struggling souls of “your” community.

Fighting paycheck to paycheck with misguided priorities so you dress in Prada and laugh at the padlocks on your “neighbor’s” door. Your neighbor wears his tears on his sleeve, while you bury your tears in the quiet of the night. He’s homeless. You’re a month behind on rent. His mother is on drugs. Your father is in prison. We are all struggling, so why should we separate ourselves and fight individual battles when there is a war against us all? The fallen are not casualties, but indeed targeted . . . the poor. An entire village made extinct. You are no exception.

Why do we pay more attention to our differences than we do our similarities?

Self destruction, assisting in their cause yet we abandon our own. They laugh at our foolishness, though the consequences are no joke. Misplaced energy invested in bankrupting our potential, destroying our ‘hood, our community, our environment.

The livelihood of the village depends on us saving the child.


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