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Social Security Benefits After Incarceration: What You Need to Know

Social Security Benefits Individuals released from incarceration may be eligible for Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability benefits if they have worked or paid into Social Security enough years or Supplemental Security Income benefits if you are 65 or older, or are blind, or have a disability and have little or no income and resources. Social […]

Shaka Senghor: Writing My Wrongs

By Mike Enemigo Shaka grew up on the east side of Detroit in the same neighborhood as street legends The Best Friends, Chambers Brothers, and White Boy Rick, where he sold crack during the 80s. After getting shot on March 8, 1990, Shaka became paranoid and vowed to never leave home without his gun. He […]

A Prisoner’s Guide to Advocating for Yourself Medically

Be the Master of Your Own Paperwork Keeping good records (1) helps you track your medical condition and your communications with your doctor; (2) provides proof of any shortcoming in your access to proper medical care; and (3) creates a record that you have followed the prison’s rules for solving problems and the courts’ requirement […]

The Dominant Witness Theory: How Eyewitness Identification Becomes Flawed

By Brian Leslie Eyewitness interviews are a vital part of any criminal investigation. How police approach, question, and vet witnesses can be a critical factor in why they target a specific suspect. The truth is many police agencies, because of lack of resources, don’t provide specialized training in this area to new officers. Unfortunately, these […]

Mike Enemigo Interview Incarcerated Author Minister

Mike: Introduce yourself to the people. Who are you, where are you from? The Minister: They call me Minister. I’m from East Oakland [California]. How was life growing up in East Oakland? For me, life wasn’t about if you would jump off the porch, into the Game. The question was when you would make that […]

Pretty Girls Love Bad Boys: Sometimes, it Only Takes Three Words… I Love You!

By KING GURU Pretty Girls, a lot happens in prison that we won’t always tell you about. Whether it’s about our egos, or protecting you from the harsh realities of prison-life, our censorship is never meant to hurt you. What you need to know is that there will be times when the pressure in here […]

A Prisoner’s Guide to Correct Analysis of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claims Pic: Raw Law graphic

By Frederick Ray The Sixth Amendment’s right to counsel guarantees a defendant the right to effective assistance of counsel. In Strickland v. Washington 104 S. ct 2052 (1984), the Supreme Court set out the analytical framework for evaluating claims in ineffective assistance of counsel. The court applied an outcome determinative approach. “The benchmark for judging […]

Pretty Girls Love Bad Boys: Women Are Unable to Separate Recreational Sex from Emotions

By King Guru Sex: Physical sexual contact between individuals that involves the genitalia. Emotions: Intense feelings (feelings like love and hate). In my search to dissect and then explain the science of cultivating long-term relationships between incarcerated men and free women, I’ve come to a specific conclusion when it comes to women and sex. When […]

Mike Enemigo’s Exclusive Interview with Incarcerated Street-Lit Legend Kwame Teague, aka Dutch

Iceberg Slim is credited with creating the street-lit genre with his 1967 autobiography Pimp: The Story of My Life, and though he sold over 6 million books before his death in 1992, it was Donald Goines who really ran with the genre. Goines, after learning about Iceberg Slim’s book Pimp while serving time in prison, […]

A Prisoner’s Guide to Understanding Legal Competence

By Frederick Ray Most prisoners are completely ignorant of the law and the process used in the practice of law and litigation. As a result of this lack of knowledge, prisoners become victims of manipulation by “fraudulent” jailhouse lawyers and “incompetent” attorneys. Living within a pervasive environment and culture of hopelessness in prison, it’s easy […]