'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential'
In "'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential,'" several former inmates discuss the rehabilitative process by which they learned to grow, mature, and redefine their identities.
When and How to Pair: Introduce this text after students have read Chapter 50, in order to encourage them to analyze the theme of incarceration. The men interviewed in this article discuss the challenges they faced in and out of prison, with a particular reference to their stunted personal growth. Ask students to compare and contrast these men’s experiences with Stanley’s. What are some similarities and differences between prison and Camp Green Lake? What are some of the changes that Stanley went through while at Camp Green Lake? What cause was behind each change?