I’m in prison serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. But I’d like to tell you about one of my bunkmates, Mitchell, and how things in prison are rarely as simple as they appear.
Curtis Dawkins earned an M.F.A. from Western Michigan University and is currently an inmate at the Michigan Reformatory in Ionia, Michigan for murder. He was battling drug addiction at the time. After a jury trial, he was convicted of felony murder which carries a mandatory sentence of "life without the possibility of parole." He is not scheduled to be released. Ever. But writing gives him hope.