The Things I've Seen

Ben (Cincere) Wilson is Program Assistant at the Institute for Transformative Mentoring Center for New York City Affairs at The New School. He is a writer and advocate working with formerly incarcerated people to create powerful narratives of hope and resilience. The Things I’ve Seen I’ve seen stuff in New York’s state prisons that civilians would not believe: its a place where the letters L.I.F.E actually mean death, where you hand over a quarter and get old for change, where the word marathon means a rat race to the man’s office and the winner gets no cheese, grown men attempt to stay young by playing tag—with razors. A certifiable Don Juan translates direct eye contact with the opposite

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