Before coming to prison, I had what I felt like was a valid perspective on the criminal justice system in America. I perceived it to be fair, honest, and respectable. Now, after experiencing it closer, that perspective has been turned upside down. This reminds me of a story told by Kevin Dutton in his book Split-Second Persuasion.

The story goes like this: Back in time when there was speculation about the possible death of Osama bin Laden, British Prime Minister David Cameron received a letter in bid Laden's own handwriting just to prove he was still around. In the letter bin Laden had penned the following cryptogram:


Cameron was stumped as to its meaning, so he sent it to MI6, who sent it to MI5, who sent it to Scotland Yard and the SAS. Still nobody could decipher it. Finally in desperation it was sent to the CIA in America.

Minutes later the reply came through to No. 10 Downing Street. "Tell the Prime Minister to look at it upside down."