Reflections on Prison

Joseph Buddenberg
Writers’ Blokke
Published in
2 min readMar 14, 2021

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U.S. Penitentiary Lompoc, Source: bop.gov

I’ll never forget that feeling of claustrophobia that hit me on my first night in the penitentiary and my new life as #12746-111.

I’m not pleased with myself for not keeping in touch with the friends I made inside who are still locked up. But being there for them is not something I’m able to do because it feels like a recapitulation of the trauma of my incarceration. I prefer to not think at all about prison.

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