From the December 2007 magazine.

A Craving To Live

I am presently incarcerated--and I've never had it so good!

My alcoholism and drug addiction have taken me down many roads of denial, and in trying to find an easier, softer way, I have acquired four previous terms in prison. When I caught this last case, prison term number five, I lost all hope.

After being arrested, again, I remember the emptiness I felt when I reflected back on my life. I looked at the way alcoholism had killed me, and at that moment, my spirit had no life. My soul was void. I had no hope, no joy, and no more strength to believe I could pull myself out of...

-- Duke C.

Susanville, California