What It’s Like to Be Moved From Cell to Cell, Prison to Prison – written by author & inmate Arthur Longworth


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What It’s Like to Be Moved From Cell to Cell, Prison to Prison

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What It’s Like to Be Moved From Cell to Cell, Prison to Prison

An endless shuffle takes a toll.

This article was published in collaboration with Vice.

I’m moving cells today. A guard issued the order at 6:30 a.m. this morning during rack-out, when the cell doors first open for the day. He read my name and prisoner number off a list. Soon I was piling all my books — my dictionary, my thesaurus, my Illustrated “Birds of North America” — and all my belongings into a cart outside my cell.

I’m conscious of a not-unfamiliar physical sensation, like a piece of me is being torn away. I try to push the feeling aside and keep…

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