My Life, So Far

Randy Chavez hopes that his best years are still ahead.

Warriors: On Family

Honor is reserved for what you give

The Listener

All I do is listen, and I’m not sure why.

She’s Not Gone

Nichole Landaverde reflects that death cannot separate us from those we love.


Are We the Same?

This story evolved out of a real text conversation between Venice High POPS the Club graduate Anthony Cortez and Tyanni Gomez, Venice High senior and POPS the Club President.

I Don’t Need Him

18 Reasons why Nelvia Marin does not need these men in her life

Sammy Come Home

Tracking the years of her brothers criminal career.

My Parents

Ia’leah Cain saw her father die right in front of her and her life became a prison

As the Years Go by

I’m not supposed to be up this late, but Daddy’s too loud.

My Time in POPS

Miguel Guzman has learned to fight for what is most important

Fatherless Girl

We can see the importance of fathers by looking at their absence.

I Grew Up in a Happy Home

Michelle Montano’s brother was murdered on his own deck, but she has found him again.

Ordinary Weekend

Visiting is over. I give a hug that I will miss.

My Pain in the Prison System

Michael A. Davis writes about the pain of the prison in his heart.

The Enigma of Peace

William P. Singley writes that for many of us, peace remains a vague reality.

The Journal

Every morning thereafter, as I dressed for school, I would always see the journal resting untouched on my bedside table.