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Coping With Depression In Prison

Steve Drown
Raymond Jones did not want to be photographed. This is the Uncuffed radio lab at Solano State Prison where he recorded his story.

From the series Uncuffed:

Raymond Jones is often debilitated by depression. Sometimes he doesn’t want to shower, eat, or even think. He also doesn’t like to take the drugs prescribed by the prison’s medical department, because of the way they make him feel.

"That pill was so powerful, man... I didn't even know who I was."

Instead, Jones has found his own ways to cope. Uncuffed reporter Brian Thames talked to Jones about how he manages his depression without medication.

This story originally aired on February 19, 2019.

Uncuffed is produced by people inside California prisons.To hear more, subscribe to Uncuffed in any podcast player.

Our radio training program at Solano State Prison is supported by the California Arts Council, with funding from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. All content is approved by an information officer.

Uncuffed is a project in which KALW editors train incarcerated people to report stories from inside prison. A CDCR official listened to and approved the audio for this story prior to broadcast.

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Brian “bf” Thames has published five non-fiction books while incarcerated over the last 30 years. A pending 6th book advocating self-reliance and better decision making in potentially dangerous encounters is on the way. Learning languages is an exciting pastime for him. He’s become reasonably fluent in French, conversational in Spanish, and learned ASL during the Covid-19 pandemic. His favorite animals are Great Danes, and any variation of parrots/parakeets. Acquiring general knowledge and education about the world and existence tends to make him giddy.