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Timothy J. “T. J.” Parsell (born July 12, ) is an American writer, filmmaker, and human rights activist committed to ending prison rape. He is best known for his book Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man’s Prison. Directed by T.J. Parsell. With Jerry Broome, Bryan Dechart, Joe Hotham, Terrence Ruggiero. A 17 year old boy is sent to an adult prison for robbing a Fotomat. T.J. Parsell talked about his memoir [Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man’s Prison], published by Carroll and Graf.

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I knew the author was gay, I was warned the book would be graphic, I knew the story would directly address violent rape, homophobia, abuse of power by prison officials, and race relations. It was gritty, raw and gish BUT he made it out and thrived. New prisoners are known as fish and like other fish Paesell entered prison life with little knowledge of the rules and how to survive. I realize the point of the story is getting across how young men who never should have entered an ad This book simply has to be read to be appreciated.

There is a long list of efforts I helped move along, but mostly by providing my own personal narrative. I don’t know anything about prison life and this book really gives you the down and dirty. A Boy in a Man’s Prison. Living people American non-fiction writers American activists births Prison rape in the United States.

T. J. Parsell

Open Preview See a Problem? The drug takes effect and Tim is brutally gang raped, unable to so much as call for help. He explains how the events, his reactions, and his feelings shaped him into the person he is today.

Aug 29, Wendy rated it it was amazing Recommended to Wendy by: He left that field to write and pursue a career advocating against prison rape. The Corrections lobby was successful in their efforts to exclude them.


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Archived from the original on April 17, Peter Bacanovic’s sentence put the spotlight on gay prisoners”. According to the U.

However, out of pages, probably were just that-s-e-x. Learn more More Like This. You cringe with what might come next. My goal is to tell a universal story, about coming-of-age, and about dealing with all the normal issues of late adolescence – identity, sexuality, separation from family, and figuring out where and how one fits in the world.

Most people would prefer not fisu know about the things that Parsell describes. I also knew I needed to escape the influences of my family. I agree with a need for contrition for a stupid, hurtful act — but how can justice be reached in the context of a system that subjects teenagers and sometimes children to torture? Notify me of new comments via email. Francis College Class of That prison did not destroy me.

Children at Play Hardly anyone knew about my past. Hillary Swanks performance was outstanding, for which it earned her an Oscar. As he did, you just pasrell to give in and put your time in.

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It was easy for me to imagine the struggles the author faced as I have worked in a jail setting. Zoo Zoos and Wham Whams He thinks he’s going to a minimum security camp where they send non-violent, first-time offenders, but the I agree with you about laws needing review.

Reading the book kept me emotionally engaged and pafsell terrified for Tim. I had the privilege of working with Dr. From there, I went into the software business and throughout the 90s I worked for several companies, including Powersoft, Borland, InterTrust Technologies and a few others.


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Supreme Court as they decided the issue of whether it was constitutional to send juveniles to prison for life, for crimes other than murder.

I was at the forefront of personal computers.

Jul 24, Hannah rated it liked it Shelves: Does one peek out a window, or peak out the window? A restless public is re-awakening long after her death fueled by the If it weren’t for the last quarter of this book, I probably would only give it a one-star rating, but the final chapters more than make up for what is endured in the first three-quarters as Tim undergoes self-evaluation, accepts himself and responsibility for his past actions fis, and then moves forward to closure.

He is convicted and sentenced to up to 15 years in the Michigan prison system.

Book Review – Fish: A Memoir of A Boy in A Man’s Prison by T.J. Parsell

I’m glad to see that there are people out there making parsepl. A good read that never bored me. I had to keep reminding myself that this wasn’t fiction, which made some parts difficult to read as it really humanized it for me.

The release of the film was concurrent with the murder of a young gay man, Matthew Shepard, which sparked additional public interest.

What starts in dire straights becomes a story of love and the fight for freedom. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: To maintain creative control over the content, I need to do it independently.

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