Joe Loya

Essayist, Playwright, Actor/Director, Speaker, and Author of the Memoir, “The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber”


‘Orange Is The New Black’: The New Way To See Prisoners


Let me explain to you why Orange Is The New Black is the real deal — and I’m talking about the best-selling memoir by Piper…


I Believe Obsession With Rules, More Than Racism, Motivated George Zimmerman and the Chapel Hill Killer


Anyone else notice the similarities between the Chapel Hill man who…


I Met Nice Guys Like Brian Williams When I Was In Prison

In prison you’d look up one day and see a prisoner at your cell door dressed like a professional plumber or electrician. This…


We Can Learn On All Levels


Lessons from Before a Bank Robber’s Criminal Career, and Beyond


I woke up in prison. Had my conscience revived. That’s when I…


iPad Time Travel

Or, I Hid Weapons There For My Future Me To Find


Pretty Rudy stood at the foot of the stairs. His sister-in-law was always late getting dressed…


‘Orange Is The New Black’: The New Way To See Prisoners


Let me explain to you why Orange Is The New Black is the real deal — and I’m talking about the best-selling memoir by Piper…


Cave Paintings: Art Exhibit? Or Exhibit-A Of Early Human Pettiness?

Where Others See Sublime Fables, I See Less Subtle Foibles


Victim Impact Statements Turn Jodi Arias Trial Into Blood Feud

Civilized pluralistic society no place for Hatfield-McCoy justice 


In court last week, Travis Alexander’s siblings expressed to the jury their devastating grief caused by his murder at the hands of Jodi Arias. I was reminded why I believe the death penalty is our society’s great moral…


This Is How I Knew Her


You were one of those Ivy League Chicanas I always heard about. Got to Yale and stopped wearing make-up or dancing salsa. Shaved your head low like an Echo Park…


How I Chose My Bank Robbery Getaway Song 

Every Life Getaway Deserves A Soundtrack


I’ve done many bad things in my life, most of them criminal.