How does it feel to be young and incarcerated? James*, a student from our creative writing workshop, tells us what’s going through his head.

In this first installment, James writes about how life’s small details–specifically, the county mandated uniform that he is sentenced to wear–defines his life on the inside.

My Body

Socks on my feet
These sandals upon those
Blue sweatpants on my waist
An orange shirt on my chest
An orange sweatshirt over that
Walking with my hands behind my back
Stuck behind this door just wanting to be free
Wearing my own clothes
Breathing that fresh Air.

*His name has been changed.

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