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Prison Stories

Pokémon, Power, and Prison

For a nerdy kid, a Myspace post was the gateway to gangbanging

AtAt nine years old, I was lame. I wasn’t handicapped in any way — just pathetically devoted to Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, which in my neighborhood, may have been an even bigger stigma than a physical disability. As a result, I was friendless. The majority of my…



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Aunray Stanford

Aunray is a Youth Mentor in the Crossroads Juvenile Center. He is also studying Community Advocacy and Social Policy at NYU. Email Aunray at