As a complement to the FirstWatch films, Re:vision is a series of personal essays, written by FirstWatch members, aiming to explore the connections, challenges, & intimacies between self, society, & incarceration. Through traditional letterwriting, the men respond to perceptions or questions posed by the public.

Re:vision – Letters From The Inside


By |July 9th, 2019|

By James King "They're coming in the morning." No need to ask who. In prison, "they" are the guards, and since we'd been on lockdown for five days at the time, it was also obvious [...]

Paying My Debt

By |June 21st, 2019|

By Adnan Khan When I committed my crime, I realized I owed a debt to society. And in order for me to pay that debt, I was told to do two things, serve 25 years [...]

Changing Times

By |June 18th, 2019|

John, Sha, Emile, 2018 was a really good year. Tim, Earlonne, Muhhamed, Corey... I remember, when I first arrived on a maximum security prison yard in 2005, I never saw one person go home during [...]

“Cell” Phones

By |June 7th, 2019|

By Adnan Khan I’ve known Ben for about four years now. He’s very social, a clown at times but stays to himself or his small circle of friends for the most part. Ever since I’ve [...]

Restoring R. Kelly?

By |May 28th, 2019|

Recently, a friend slid me a copy of an op-ed about R. Kelly written by Dream Hampton, the creator of a recent docu-series about the famous singer, entitled Surviving R. Kelly. In her op-ed, Ms. Hampton takes note of what she perceives as a contradiction from the women...

Light v. Dark

By |January 22nd, 2019|

For as long as anyone can remember, a battle has waged in prisons, jails, and other incarcerated spaces between light and darkness. Not in the metaphorical, moral sense, but in the literal sense. Incarcerated spaces [...]

Boxed In

By |January 15th, 2019|

A friend of mine relapsed recently. He’s 56 years old, and he goes to the Parole Board next year so they can determine if he is suitable for release back into society. This will be [...]

Let The Game Begin

By |January 8th, 2019|

The question almost always comes up around this time of year. First, the volunteers pause, as their inward struggle plays across their face. Is this question appropriate? Will asking it make him uncomfortable? Slowly, they [...]

Racing Backwards: Part II

By |December 4th, 2018|

In a previous post, I wrote about racial politics in California state prisons and the hardened racial divisions that characterize incarcerated interactions. In California, members of most races are not allowed to share cells, showers, [...]

Racing Backwards

By |November 20th, 2018|

I will never forget the first time I was exposed to racial politics in California state prisons (politics is the term incarcerated people in California use to refer to our unwritten social rules.) It was [...]

Thank You

By |November 16th, 2018|

Thanksgiving is coming up soon. This will be my 16th Thanksgiving in prison. Though I have many thoughts regarding my incarceration and world view of prison, I would like to use my Re:vision platform to [...]

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