Prisoner Series: Part I

An excerpt from the first part in our series on prisoners’ live:

Dave Williams cooks bagels, purchased at the on-grounds commissary, in a makeshift water heater. With no access to a personal stove, he improvises with a cord, a bucket and a metal plate.

Williams, with his hair braided and a disarming smile, sits comfortably in his green-suited attire–the uniform for inmates in the visiting room.

At 23-years-old, he would be graduating from college, but instead, Williams is an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Loretto, Pa.

In the small town 90 miles east of Pittsburgh, he resides 183 miles from home, sharing a bunk in a dorm with 60 other inmates.

He’s serving a 12-year sentence for a string of bank robberies in northern Virginia in 2005 that caught national news media attention.

“I was twisted then,” he said.

Read the whole story here.

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