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

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 [...]

Facing the Wall

By |November 6th, 2018|

By James King CDCR # V-69030 2–W–10 When the correctional officers yell "Escort!" all incarcerated people are supposed to turn and face the wall. Mostly, I do. Occasionally though, I turn ever so slightly to [...]

Can We Work this Out?

By |November 2nd, 2018|

By Adnan Khan #F-55145I spent my first 12 years in different prisons that offered little or no programs, groups, or classes. For more than a decade, my days consisted of going to work, going to [...]

Members Only

By |October 26th, 2018|

By Adnan Khan #F-55145Next month, my friends from the San Quentin Newspaper will be doing a “mock election” on the yard. Guys on the main line as well as the men on condemned row will [...]

About Art and Voting

By |October 23rd, 2018|

By James King CDCR # V-69030 2–W–10Currently there is a lot of debate about whether incarcerated people should be given the right to vote. It reminds me of a similar dispute about the value of [...]

“Cell” Phones

By |October 19th, 2018|

By Adnan Khan #F-55145I’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 [...]

Food or Fodder

By |October 12th, 2018|

By Adnan Khan #F-55145People always ask me, “What’s the first thing you’re going to eat when you get out?!”  They ask with excited and impatient faces. They can’t wait to hear what I want to [...]

Sharing Privilege

By |October 10th, 2018|

James King CDCR # V-69030 2–W–10  When I wrote recently about the optimism flowing through San Quentin, I felt a little disturbed because I know there are still many people here who don't feel the [...]

Doing the Work

By |October 2nd, 2018|

James King CDCR # V-69030 2–W–10  About twelve years ago, I was walking the track on a prison yard at California State Prison-Lancaster with a couple of other guys and we were debating one of [...]

Paying My Debt

By |September 28th, 2018|

By Adnan Khan #F-55145 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 [...]

Wireless Connection

By |September 21st, 2018|

By Adnan Khan #F-55145  The other day I was watching a social game show I’ve been following on and off for several years called Big Brother. This show is about several people who go into [...]

Vicarious Joy

By |September 18th, 2018|

James King CDCR # V-69030 2–W–10  Optimism is running through SQ like an electrical current. A week ago three people went to their parole board hearings and were found suitable for parole. About ten days [...]

The Check-In

By |September 11th, 2018|

James King CDCR # V-69030 2–W–10  Yesterday, I was sitting in a small circle while we did a check-in. That is what we call it when we go around the circle, one person at a [...]

Me Time

By |September 7th, 2018|

By Adnan Khan #F-55145  I live in a 4ft x 9ft cell with another man. I occupy the top bunk. Most of my day, however, is spent outside of the cell. I go to work [...]

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