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Essay: "Personal Boundaries"

by Roger Hartley
Going on in Life

I am still not used to having people be in my personal boundaries. We all have some. Us in prison learn to let go of most of them so we can fit in, but we forget over time that not all people feel uncomfortable with us in their boundaries. The staff need to see we have some when they search our cells. We know searching is part of their job, but they need to remember we live in here. The cell is our house, so we don't like it when someone comes in the cell and goes through it all. So we lose the ideal of personal boundaries in prison, we get searched on the prison yard, going to the yard, so again our space is invaded. That is just part of what we give up when sentenced to prison. So we do our best to go on in life.

-Roger Hartley