All the poetry, prose, and plays on this site were created by prison inmates who have had a life-changing experience while incarcerated, by discovering the value that religion should have played in their lives. They have a desire to express their discovery to those on the ”outside” to help them avoid the same mistakes that have cost them so dearly.
Here you will find literary laments, outrages, testimonies, praise for things long unappreciated, and simple longings for what could have been. Some express their feelings in poetry, others in simple prose. Some want to explain to the world the theological and social problems that they have had to overcome in their conversions. Due to penal restrictions,they have few other ways to voice their views. This site is an outlet for them to do so.
All submittals are from inmate correspondents encountered through The Coming Home Network International(CHNI). This organization provides assistance to non-Catholics interested in converting to the Faith and to fallen away Catholics who are reverting back to their faith. These inmates took the initiative to write to CHNI for help in their journey, and that is how the correspondence with them began.
This website is totally independent from CHNI, which does not review the content of the inmate submittals. This site is managed by an individual not employed by CHNI.
ROBERTO LOPEZ Former inmate at the Stevenson Unit, Cuero, Texas
JULIO VENTURA Stevenson Unit, Cuero,Texas + Bill Clements Unit , Amarillo TX (Julio is from El Salvador, and many of his writings strongly reflect his feelings about the tragedies that have beset him and his people due to the bloody civil war there in the 1980's.)
BRUCE MAKER, Oblate of St. Benedict, Wynn Unit, Huntsville, Texas
SAM ERVIN, SCI Fayette, LaBelle, Pennsylvania
JOHN MARK HARVEY, Wynne UNit, Huntsville TX
EDWARD CLEVELAND, Walton CorrectionalInstitution, Defuniak Springs, Florida
JOHN DEGUIRE, Baldwin State Prison, Hardwick, Georgia
MICHAEL (surname withheld) Farmington Correctional Institute, Farmington Missouri
JOHN M. HARVEY, Estelle Unit, Huntsville, Texas
NEW MATERIAL ADDED: March 2015: Poem # 10 by John M. Harvey
PRIISONER FOR THE LORD: A site dedicated to letting the public know by narratives about the faith experiences of an inmate Christian community in one prison