The Yale Law Journal

Yale Law Journal Prison Law Writing Contest Winners

Usha Chilukuri
31 Dec 2012

We are pleased to announce the winners of The Yale Law Journal's Prison Law Writing Contest. We received approximately 1,500 responses from people all across the United States. We are grateful to those who shared their experiences, personal reflections, and insight with us. The winning essays will be published in The Yale Law Journal in the spring of 2013. 

First Place
Elizabeth Reid (Kent, WA)
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and the Importance of Litigation in Its Enforcement: Holding Guards Who Rape Accountable 

Second Place
Ernie Drain (St. Clairsville, OH)
The Meaning of Imprisonment

Third Place
Aaron Lowers (Vacaville, CA)
Solano Justice

We would also like to recognize the following authors for their outstanding essays deserving of special recognition:

Honorable Mention
William Blake (Elmira, NY), A Sentence Worse than Death
Andre Patterson (Joliet, IL), Untitled

Emerson M. Anderson (Grafton, OH)
David Arenberg (Kingman, AZ)
Anthony Arteaga (Corcoran, CA)
Chandra Bozelko (Niantic, CT)
Jeff Conner (Monroe, WA)
Christopher Cox (Las Animas, CO)
Justin Hightower (Malone, NY)
Patrick Larmour (Susanville, CA)
Ronald D. Lancaster (Draper, UT)
Mikhail Markhasev (Corcoran, CA)
Patrick Duray Portley-El (Burlington, CO)
Dean C. Rodriguez (Susanville, CA)
Steve Rodriguez (Woodbourne, NY)
Larry Stephenson (Graterford, PA)
Tarshawn Thompson (Attica, NY)
Nathaniel Upshur (Lillington, NC)
Kendrick Wine (San Luis Obispo, CA)

We congratulate our winners and extend our deepest thanks to everyone who participated. 

Correction (February 15, 2013): Due to a clerical error, we inadvertently omitted one author from the list of finalists above. We congratulate Mikhail Markhasev (Corcoran, CA) as a finalist in the Prison Law Writing Contest, and we apologize for our mistake.