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On the Fence Line: Rumored fentanyl overdoses prompt searches disguised as fire drills

On Wednesday, January 24, after I spent a long night watching the Australian Open, a prison guard bangs on my cell door in the morning. The loud chatter of prison is something that I’ve...

On the Fence Line: After not guilty verdict for Manuel Ellis’ killers, reforms won’t...

To end 2023, in a frustrating trial that lasted three months, Tacoma Police Department officers Matthew Collins, Christopher Burbank, and Timothy Rankine were acquitted of all charges related to the 2020 killing of Manuel...

On the Fence Line: On being together, apart this holiday season

As the holiday season is in full effect, many in our community are gearing up for family gatherings to catch up with loved ones or busy holiday shopping, spending countless hours searching for that...

On the Fence Line: DOC censors words ‘cultural awareness group’

For generations, cultural awareness groups operating within the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) have been hosting annual banquets. In the past, this was always a time to reconnect with family, showcase our culture...

On the Fence Line: Support legislation fighting for marginalized inmates

Imagine a world where at any given time your life could be turned upside down and you could be isolated into submission. A world where speaking out could mean being separated from the people...

On the Fence Line: A handwritten message from solitary confinement

I know at some point of our lives we've all felt overwhelmed. In those moments, it's tempting to feel disconnected from community and those who love us most, to feel immobilized by fear, shame,...

On the Fence Line: A vouch for the IE in print

As the world of media is all too ready to transition from print to online, those of us incarcerated without Internet access are finding it tougher and tougher to access reliable news and information,...

On the Fence Line: The strength of being LGBTQIA+ in prison

As the nation ramps up its war against the LGBTQIA+ community in the form of “anti-gay” legislation and hateful conservative rhetoric in mainstream media, I’m sitting in a prison dayroom at the Stafford Creek...

On the Fence Line: Answering reader questions for inaugural Mail Call #1

Mail call is the best time of day for us on the inside — when the guards pass out our mail! For some, this time of day is the best because of the letters...

On the Fence Line: Celebrating unsung hero Andres Pacificar for AAPI Heritage Month

Okay, I’m not going to lie. Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is something new to me. Honestly, I didn’t even know it existed until just a couple years ago, and only because...