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Notes from the Inside: Being Fathers Now

Notes from the Inside features writing by inmates serving time in Iowa prisons. Little Village editors have made only minor adjustments for style and length. By Tom S. If asked the question, “What is one of, if not THE most important responsibility we have in life?,” most everyone would mention “parenting,” or, for the men […]

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Notes from the Inside: Namaste

Notes from the Inside features writing by inmates serving time in Iowa prisons. Little Village editors have made only minor adjustments for style. By José R. Namaste: a Hindu greeting which loosely translates into, “The good that is in the deepest part of me, greets the good that is in the deepest part of you.” […]

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Notes from the Inside: Perceptions of Freedom

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Notes from the Inside features writing by inmates serving time in Iowa prisons. Little Village editors have made only minor adjustments for style. Parades, picnics, family gatherings and fireworks! All are America’s traditions that celebrate our independence on the Fourth of July. This is our national holiday recognizing our freedom. Yet exactly what does freedom […]

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Notes from the Inside: I was wrong

Notes from the Inside

Notes from the Inside features writing by inmates serving time in Iowa prisons. Little Village editors have made only minor adjustments for style. When I was asked to join hospice for the first time, it was around five or six years ago.  I thought, “This is not for me.”  I am not the kind of […]

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Notes from the Inside: Struggles behind bars

Notes from the Inside

Notes from the Inside features original writing by inmates serving time in Iowa Prisons. Here, Oakdale Prison inmates discuss some of the daily challenges they face. One very big challenge in prison is the loneliness of being separated from my family. I feel, as an inmate, not being able to see the people I love […]

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