/ Series of testimonials “A day in prison” (16)

The days go by, but just like outside prison, no two days in prison are ever the same. Prison conditions, the daily routine, possible visitors, medical treatment, food, or even access to the right of defence, vary greatly from one prison to another, and from one country to another. Prison Insider publishes testimonials from people who have been, or are currently in prison, and from people who are able to share their experience. This series of testimonials, “A day in prison”, puts the truth behind worldwide prison conditions into words.

Qwantay A. has been incarcerated for 16 years. He is now held in a prison in Pennsylvania and will be released in 2034. Prison Insider asked him what his first day in prison was like. This is what he told us.

This first day happened to have a lot in common with the other first days, in particular my very first day, which was 18 years earlier, when I was only 10 years old

I was up against the United States government and a system that was arguably designed to keep black men enslaved under a different name