The good-looking one, the one in need, the one that almost was
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Michael Fischer was released from state prison in 2015 and is currently earning two degrees to make up for lost time. He is managing editor of Sierra Nevada Review, and his essays have appeared or are forthcoming in River Teeth, Hotel Amerika, and The Rumpus.
No one in prison is ever coming back. Once we’ve served our time, everything is finally going to work out. We’re all going to stay in touch, so we can share our good news — except I’ve been giving out a fake phone number this entire time. I’m embarrassed to know these men, eyewitnesses to a shameful period of my life I can’t wait to live down: two years in prison for a nonviolent offense.