Prison Visitation Isn’t Like the Movies
When my dad was incarcerated, I began noticing specific tropes that reinforce a cultural narrative about prison all around me.
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a bad person does a bad thing and is locked away for years to protect the public
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The self-regard that came with watching Bergman films helped me feel rich in something, for the first time since arriving in America.
She is the page on which the story is written. Her body is a crime scene, and the victim of the crime, and the perpetrator of a crime, all at once.