Prison life through an inmate's eyes
If you have ever harbored interest in learning about prison life, here is your chance to do so through the creative workings of an inmate doing 25 to life for conspiracy to commit murder.
Prisoner David, a former inmate at the California Mens Colony, describes himself as a comedy sketch writer. He is now incarcerated at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, Calif., and while he maintains his innocence and attempts to prove it by researching at the prison library, he has learned to channel his frustration with the prison and legal systems through online postings.
His Web site, prisonerdavid.com, is his way to show every aspect of prison life, from the humor of pranks to the horror of prison violence. The main page includes an introduction to the Web site and provides easy access to the latest radio segment, video, articles, news feeds and featured inmates, along with links.
Prisoner David has been featured in segments on "The Adam Carolla Show," a weekday morning radio program hosted by the co-creator and co-star of TV's "The Man Show" and syndicated throughout the West Coast. Recordings of these segments can be found on the Web site, along with audio commentaries Prisoner David created concerning issues facing California prison inmates.
The Articles page has links to a number of writings that are more like anecdotes or diary entries. Each work is titled, dated and separated in parts. "Suicidal Tendencies" chronicles the process behind a fellow inmate's suicide, while "Sleepless in Soledad" detailed Prisoner Dave's intense interests in certain female radio personalities, including "Alison" of Cal Poly's own KCPR.
The Characters section includes biographies of "prisoner personalities" and a glossary of prison terms, complete with personal information and images. Visitors can insert captions for hand-drawn cartoons, including some featuring "Dr. Sanchez" and "Officer Jackson."
The Web site even features profiles and works of other inmates, including Robert, an eight-year prisoner who taught himself to play the fiddle during his incarceration, and Joseph Mitchell, who creates designs for Outrider Jewelry while behind bars.
Finally, on Prisoner Dave's profile page, there is a brief description of the purpose of his Web site as well as a link to his MySpace page. There is also a form for visitors to submit guestbook comments, many of which include requests for Dave to tell an inmate "Hi," or "We're thinking of you."
This Web site is a fascinating look at prison life as a reflection of the emotions of an inmate.
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