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My Second Blog

May 24, 2024

Dear Strangers,

Recently, due to a new law, I was re-sentenced and got my 84 months reduced to 68. I've been super happy about it, and I'll now be back around August 2026. I've been working hard to get as many positive things accomplished as I can before my release, so I'm not just wasting time. One of these things is that I've been learning to play the bass guitar. My goal is to be able to rock out before my return. As of right now, I won't be selling as many tickets as Taylor Swift! But I'll get there... That being said, yes, I'm a Swiftie! I am also a huge fan of Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, and Lana Del Rey.

Anyway, I'm on here to find new friends and build some positive relationships before my release. I've used this time to better myself and further my education. I don't intend to get out and surround myself with the same people who don't want the best for me or won't push me to strive for success. So I'm pretty much starting from scratch. For a long time, I didn't know what I wanted in life and fought depression, not wanting to be alive. But for once in my life, I feel in control and look forward to the future so I can live my life enjoying all the things I took for granted for so long.

Sincerely, Austin

My First Blog

May 24, 2024

 What I'm Doing

I've decided recently to voluntarily place myself in solitary confinement in order to spend these last two years (it's actually less than that) focusing on bettering myself. Focusing on my informal education is a huge part of that. I'm spending this time reading all of the non-fiction books that I can get my hands on, learning how to write business plans, working on my financial literacy, and doing mental health workbooks in order to better prepare myself for re-entry. Unfortunately, the system barely prepares us for re-entry, so if being a productive member of society is the goal, the blunt load of that endeavor rests on my shoulders.

My Second Blog

May 22, 2024

Chronicles of a Mad Convict: My Adventures in Creativity Entry 2: 3-5-24

When I was growing up, I was intrigued by different forms of art. Throughout my childhood, I enjoyed movies, music, and drawing. Cartoons really captured my imagination. I even doodled my own characters. I suppose this is where my fascination with comic books comes from. Once, I drew an entire underwater ocean scene, with various marine life. I certainly showed potential. Unfortunately, art wasn't a skill nurtured throughout my life. We all have stories. Mine is reserved for another publication. But, suffice it to say, I was easily distracted. I struggled with ADHD. I never learned how to settle on one subject or activity so that I could perfect it. I made a series of bad decisions, which landed me in jail for a short time when I was 21. In 2000, I tried to change the trajectory of my life by enrolling in The Art Institute of Philadelphia to study video production. After more bad decisions, I landed myself in prison again. This time for life. That was in 2002. Many years, and several penitentiaries later, I arrived at my current facility in 2019. Here is where I put more focus on my art initiatives. Aside from a few pointers from a friend, I knew very little about painting. So my good friend bought me some art books, and I began my own independent studies. I have not regretted this decision.

My First Blog

May 22, 2024

About Me - Raul Vaquero

My name is Raul Vaquero Cerro, I'm 25 and I'm 5'10. I'm Mexican and I speak English and Spanish. I like to draw, read, work out, watch movies, cut hair, cook, listen to music, and play music. I play the piano, guitar, and bass guitar.

I'm a dog person and I'm an outdoors person and I'm handy with my hands. I hate doing nothing and I'm never boring. I have a good sense of humor and I like to uplift people. I'm competitive and I'm always trying to learn something new. My favorite color is black and white. I'm family orientated and I love to watch sunsets. I'm a good listener and I love to have conversations about anything, just try me lol.

If you're interested feel free to write or text me.

My First Blog

May 20, 2024

My Story

 

At 17 years old I was tried as an adult. Only a few short months later, at 18 years old, I found myself in a bus on my way to prison for the first time...In 2012 I was released.\

One year and two months later, at age 21 I found myself back in county facing new charges. During that year and two months on the streets.. I fell in love for the first time, got addicted to drugs for the first time, ended up homeless... and yes found myself burglarizing houses to survive (which is not an excuse). When I found out my girl got arrested for what I did, I turned myself in so my girl could go free...

As I sat in county for a year and a half, fighting my case, I found that this was only a small part of the battle. The true fight was the battle within...between myself and who I'd become..."How did a kid who came from such a good Christian household become... this??" was the question I had to ask myself...during that year and a half in county I had to face the worst parts of myself and make a choice. At the time it was hard to swallow that I was going to have to give up about 7 years of my life, at the age of 21 it seemed unfathomable.. but it only got worse...

After receiving a public defender who led me astray, then being denied the request for a new attorney...a year and a half after my arrest I found myself sitting in front of the judge as he sentenced me to 292 years...Yeah you read that right. At the young age of 22 I was told that I'd never be released from prison. My first book, "Found Light in Darkness" is based on this time in my life. The hardship and the struggles of being coined a career criminal. The expectations, the confusion that took place as a young kid grappled with the ideas of right and wrong. It's been 10 years and a half years almost to the day since that fateful moment when I walked into that apartment as the police conducted their raid. On January 31st 2014 I did it for love...but now I know it was for much more than that.

Now I know I was making a stand. A stand to be something more...this is really what "Found Light" is all about. It's a hero's journey.
A journey through the sticky mindset of criminal activity and drug addiction where a kid discovers, learns and begins to fight toward a higher ideal. Where he falls, picks himself up and falls again.. sometimes, even on the brink of failure, of giving up and accepting what everyone tells him he is... what he's supposed to be. But even in these moments he learns that the road less traveled, though difficult, can be trekked.

With dedication, persistence and the vision of a better life, you can be anything u want to be, regardless of what other tell you you are...and so my journey has brought me here...knocking at the door of opportunity... asking that she open, my path leading to your steps...I have fought and bled, laughed and cried through the most difficult moments in my life, with only a dream and a kernel of hope. The pain and anguish I've experienced.. feeling hopeless and alone I offer freely and openly, in the hopes that my pain may help soothe another's, showing them, they are not alone...I will be releasing "Visions of a Lost Soul" in the fall of 2024.

My First Blog

May 20, 2024

Hello Queens!

Hello Queens, how are you? First and foremost, I'd like to thank you for taking some time out of your day to read about me. I'm not on here looking for any financial gain or to waste anyone's time. I'm hoping to find someone I can show how good of a person I am and how great of a friend I can be. I'm a very easygoing, laid-back, understanding, and open-minded person; especially when it comes to other's opinion's, ideas, and beliefs. I believe all women were created to be beautiful inside and out. I consider myself a great listener, so if you need someone to vent to, I'm here for that as well.

Some of my many hobbies are working out, reading, training dogs, and watching sports. My life is an open book, so, turn the page and ask me anything. I'm sure you're a very interesting person yourself, and I would consider it a blessing to get to know all about you and how life has treated you.

My First Blog

May 17, 2024

My name is Gabe, getting to meet and bond with someone is honestly what I’m interested in. I am currently employed while serving my sentence working for Molly Manufacturing. I have about 4 years left and look forward to coming home better than when I came in. In a matter of months, I received my diploma and am furthering my education by taking college courses to receive my associate's degree.

I appreciate you taking the time to let me introduce myself and hope to hear from you.

My First Blog

May 12, 2024

Psalm 23

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me.

My First Blog

May 10, 2024

WHO AM I

I'm here under my brother's name & DOB (long story). I am Pablo Javier Abarca--born July 1, 1992. Nature, traveling, and entrepreneurship are definitely main passions for me. I have no little ones yet, so right now every second is paramount for self improvement as I prepare to enter this next stage in life. I do not have time to play. 

Release is in the near future for me, and I'd like to integrate myself with positivity and like minded individuals. Time and energy are essential right now more than ever.

Positive Vibes !!

May 8, 2024

Hey Im Tay, Im currently incarcerated and have a couple years left. Im looking for someone to get to know and to vibe with as a friend or more you never know. Females of any age I need someone to help me pass this time and hopefully we can put a smile on each others face. Im funny and a have a good personality if you want to get to know me please reach out to me at the address listed. But the fastest way to contact me is thru Connect Network the purple app you can download and add me as a contact its like $3 for 20 messages. Im looking forward to hearing from somebody thanks for viewing my profile !!