Unrelenting: Mental Illness in Prison

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About Spoon Jackson

Poet/writer/artist/teacher. In prison since 1977. I had two books published in 2010 “Longer Ago Poems by Spoon Jackson” and “By Heart Poetry, Prison, And Two Lives”, a double memoir by Judith Tannenbaum and me. I've been featured in films, plays, articles, books and music suites. I've found my niche in life despite being in prison for over 35 years. I have found that prisons are created internally and are truly found everywhere. I have also discovered that the secrets to break down prison walls are inside each person and I treasure sharing this realness with people. I keep my light glowing through expressing my inner thoughts, vibes and feelings in my poetry and prose writing. Write to me! Address on the blog: Spoon Jackson Realness Network.


  1. Wow. So painful, yet so beautiful.
    I was born in 1977. Spoon has been in prison for as long as I’ve been alive. He is more free – in heart, mind and spirit – than most people.

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    Thirty-five years is a long time for practically any crime but murder. Presuming it was murder, has anybody asked how the family is getting along?


  1. [...] After 35 years of incarceration, Spoon Jackson says, "I have never adjusted to being caged."  [...]

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