The Beat Within and It’s Readers

by Julias Humphrey

Let me rst say Thank You for publishing my words for other people to read, especially our young. We all must understand their position in the adversity of life today because it is much harder for them in contrast to when I was a child which brings me to my topic – the “School-to-Prison Pipeline”. What’s the main causation and how do we stop it?

Along with this writing you will nd a copy of the response I recently received from President Barack Obama. I wrote him concerning his visit to El Reno Federal Penitentiary (in Oklahoma). When he sat down and spoke to six of the prisoners, it had meaning to him – this is what he later said to the press “these are young people who made mistakes that aren’t that different than the mistakes I made and the mistakes that a lot of you guys made. The difference is they did not have the kinds of support structures, the second chances, the resources that would allow them to survive those mistakes.” (Inside Journal, volume 24, No. 4, Fall 2015, Prison Fellowship’s Newsletter for America’s prisons – Pope and President visit prisoners, page 4.) read more

Keep Staring

by De

They look at me and wonder, is he all the way there? They can’t understand me so they sit there and stare They listen to your story, make it seem like they care But then write you up for some shhh that ain’t fair Sometimes I give up and gotta catch myself

Stand up like a man and adjust myself
I ain’t even gonna worry, not gonna stress myself
I’ll make it out of here so I could bless myself
The ones you thought would accompany you always Could switch up so fast, you wouldn’t know they’re gone Until you look back in the past
I look into the future and grab myself fast
Because I don’t want no sneak peak of the life I’m about to have I’ll live day by day all the way down to the last
And whatever happens from the good to the bad
My granny used to tell me I’m going to end up like my dad
I mean I barely know the guy so how am I supposed to brag? read more

My Intro

by Jeremy Willis

Hello, my name is Jeremy Willis and I am incarcerated in Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, California. I was talking to two of my friends in here and one I’ve known for 12 years now and they both write articles and poems for the Beat Within. They talked me into letting you know my story with hopes that it will change at least one person’s thinking about being in a gang or doing drugs.

I was in a lot of group homes in the East Bay for the rst ten years of my life and at ten I got adopted and moved to Farmersville in Tulare County.

I joined a gang at eleven years old because I was looking for love and acceptance in the wrong place. I started going to Juvie when I was thirteen years old and fourteen years old. I was introduced to crank (meth) by an older friend of mine and that changed my life forever. read more


by Young One

The greatest challenge I have to deal with is anxiety. My anxiety keeps me up at night and worrying all day. I haven’t found anything to help my anxiety except sports. But as soon as that’s over, it comes right back.

When I suffer from my anxiety, I get anxious and it’s hard for me to function. I try not to cry and stay strong, but at nighttime I tend to cry and struggle in the sense that I’m by myself and no one can see me at a weak point. And when something big comes up, my anxiety starts pumping through my blood as fast as a rocket. The anxiety breaks down my barrier to stay calm and keep my head.

But one thing my anxiety will help me with is staying out of the hall, because everything I take from here will help me better myself. And my anxiety is also helping me make sure I do good in prayer. read more