Life Sentences

Teaching Minnesota's student prisoners reveals the power of the pen

Months later he had a letter sent to me with an appreciative note and still another revision of "Quiet Storm." A paragraph near the end of that draft reads as follows: "In that moment, right or wrong, I was fighting for my life. [Those men] may have had bad intentions. Or self-indulgence, confusion and pain may have been the real culprits. But I drew the derringer. I squeezed the trigger."

 

City Pages intern Sonya Geis contributed research to this story.

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