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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 was saved by an education and felt compelled to use my experience to help change the system. Bureau of Justice Statistics, we house 2. A “fish” is a new inmate, and when a series of misfortunes sends mischievous Tim into the adult penal system at 17 he is definitely a catch. Dreams from a Petrified Head I have always been interested in the prison stories. I had the privilege of working with Dr.

He senses something is off in the way the ringleader speaks to him in a sort of cunning charm and long, suggestive glances. He explains how the events, his reactions, and his feelings shaped him into the person he is today. Something as innocent as accepting a cigarette from an inmate may be entrapment.

After befriending Leni, a shy, neighborhood eleven year old And yet, the story also surprised with the occasional romantic moment. The drug takes effect and Tim is brutally gang raped, unable to so much as call for help. Parsell held up the local Photo Mat with a toy gun, he was sentenced to four and a half to fifteen years in prison.


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

To me, the intense descriptions were unnecessary, and after repeated details of various rapes it started to feel almost like pandering. The film brought tremendous awareness to the plight of a transgender teen living in rural Nebraska.

Lists with This Book. But without a strong support system, how can anyone do it? Questions about this project? I knew what I was getting myself into before I started reading.

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

According to Michigan law Tim is an adult at I do think that there needs to be many changes in the way the prisons are run and how the prisoners are treated. It was a way to take that horrible experience and turn it into something meaningful. There are an estimatedyouth who are tried, sentenced or incarcerated as adults each year. I can’t it is not my right. Reading the book kept me emotionally engaged and often terrified for Tim. There after he is the property of the coin toss winner, a man known as Slide Step.

Search for ” Fish: The largest expense is transporting, housing and feeding the cast and crew. You are commenting using your Facebook account. I never heard of this book until recently. Hanging out at clubs, doing cocaine — I eventually hit a bottom. His reactions was completely believable perhaps people need to research the psychological response labelled “Stockholm syndrome” for more insight.


He discovers his homosexuality in prison.

Hillary Swanks performance was outstanding, for which it earned her an Oscar. I don’t think anyone can doubt that this is a story that needs to be told. Does one peek out a window, or peak out the window? I always delivered, and my sales were always at the top. Jan 17, Wendy Lu rated it really liked it. But US laws consider that even if the gun was a toy, Parsell nevertheless committed a robbery and he was sentenced and imprisoned for that crime. Parsell writes about serving time in prison when he was 17 with painful honesty about vulnerability, violence, the brutality of rape, coming to terms with his sexuality in a hostile setting while trying to survive his term.

Getting sober, led me to therapy. I worked with people who were a lot savvier than I was, who helped draft legislation, and set up most of the meetings. This is a good book, especially if you are interested in any aspect of homosexuality and sex among inmates. I even leant that voice in pareell briefto the U. A very important story.