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Walk the Line Intro: [00:00:00] <Music> You have a collect call from Taylor an inmate at the Washington correctional center. To accept the call press 5 <Music>


Taylor Conley: [00:00:33] There's nothing like waking up to the sound of clacking and buzzing as the doors crack in the morning after count clears waking up to the reality of life in prison. For some, it's just a stop along their journey, a mile post an experience. For others, it is a revolving door in and out, in and out. And that's the way of life, stuck in the cycle pulling and eating away at them.


And then for some it becomes their destination as the hammer came down and that judge issued em a death sentence The slow way by way of life in prison.

This is the life of a lifer by Taylor Conley <Music>


Hello, friends and family. How you doing today? Hopefully everything's going well. Just another day in the slammer. Here I am and there you are. Thank you for joining us though. I would love to let you know a little something about what we got going on at Design Conviction.


Finally, we have a really, really exciting announcement for you. On April 17 we're going to be holding our first show, like officially a Designed Conviction production. It's going to be in Longview, Washington, my hometown, and it's going to be the free Taylor show we are hosting Seth Anthony, really, really amazing artist.


He does this special blend of country music that is kind of like no other. He combines a little rap, hip hop-ish type music with country, and he calls it rough neck, country music, and I really enjoy it and it's pretty amazing. And he's going to be coming to town. He's flying all the way out from Florida to do this show, and this is going to be something spectacular.

So if you're in the area, or even if you got to travel a little ways, I'm telling you right now, it's going to be worth it because not only is he performing, but we got a very special guest that's coming to speak. Dave doll, the founder of Dave's killer bread. He's going to come out and he's going to, he's going to be a special guest speaker.


I really can't wait to see how this thing turns out. I know I won't be able to be there in presence, but we're going to make a movie out of this thing. And, hopefully at some point I'll get to watch that. So, I mean, this is really history in the making, the first of its kind, I believe. And we also have a very special, opening act as well.


We got Olivia Klugman, a artist from Portland. She has a very beautiful voice and she's going to be coming out and singing some songs off of my album that's about to drop, about to put that thing on. It's, it's going to be out here very shortly, the free Taylor project. So if you really interested in finding out more go ahead and check out the freetaylorproject.com

and you can find out more details. Find out more about what we got going on and find the link to go and get your ticket to go see the show. Having said that, let's go ahead and get into this interview. We've got Sarah Bennett, who is a pretty amazing woman. She's got a lot of stuff going on. We're going to hear all about it. So what's welcome on, Sara.


Hello, hey. So we're going to see if we can get Sara on the line. Hey Sara, you there?


Sara Bennett: [00:05:01] I am. Nice to meet you.


Taylor Conley: [00:05:03] Hi, so we got Sara Bennett all the way from New York. Is that right? You're out in New York?


Sara Bennett: [00:05:10] Yeah. That's right.


Taylor Conley: [00:05:13] Wow, all right. And so she's working on some really cool things.

From what I understand, I keep hearing a lot of great things about this lifeafterlifeinprison.com website that you started and this project that you've been working on with a bunch of women that are lifers in prison or after they've gotten out of prison?


Sara Bennett: [00:05:37] Right, both.


Taylor Conley: [00:05:39] Okay. Okay. So would you like to tell us about it? Cause it sounds quite interesting to me being a lifer myself.


Sara Bennett: [00:05:46] Sure, yeah, sure. So you want me to tell you a little bit about myself and what I do?


Taylor Conley: [00:05:53] Yeah,


Sara Bennett: [00:05:55] Alright. So I'm a former criminal defense attorney. I was a defense attorney for like 18 years, and I left the practice of law in 2006 and then around 2008, 2009, I picked up a pro bono case where I was trying to get clemency from the governor of New York for a woman who had a 75 year life sentence. Somewhere along the line, like maybe two or three years later, I was trying to figure out how to make her feel more real than she was just on paper. So I ended up photographing 15 women who had been incarcerated with her, who had come out, talking about her influence on them. I wasn't really a photographer then, it was just an advocacy project. I put it together in a little book. It's called Spirit on the Inside. I started sending it around to the state legislators, the governor, pretty much anybody I could think of who might be able to have an impact on getting her clemency. So, fast forward a few more years, and she actually did get clemency. But what that project did for me was it set me on this photography road of trying to humanize people who had life sentences. Because when people look at the book I had done for her, they were really curious about the women's life. Oh, she was in prison? What was she in prison for? She's so beautiful. She has a child? Oh, she's a grandmother? I just felt like people out in the world were not that attuned to what people went to prison for, what their lives were like or anything like that.


So that's what got me started in the back of my mind. I always wanted to photograph women in prison with life sentences, but I didn't know how to get that access. And so I started out by following four women through their reentry process. So they, they all had life sentences, but not life without parole. They had say 25 to life and then ended up being denied parole many times in just 35 years. So, and that's my first project. It called life after life in prison and now has seven women on it that when I first started showing around and exhibiting it, it had followed the re-entry of four women. And at that time when it was exhibited. Maybe I've been following them for about 16 months, but now it's a longterm project that I've been following the same women for five or six years.


So that's kind of how I got started. The reason I did lifers is because, you have to look back, this is like 2012 people were not actually talking that much about mass incarceration yet, but when they were, they were talking about the low level drug offenders. And you could start to see that that was what Obama was doing and they were setting up those commissions to look at low level drug offenders. And that, in my mind, I was like, well, what about the lifers? Like those are the people who are filling up our prisons. If we're going to do something about incarceration, we really, really have to look at why we send people away for decades or even life. And I want people to meet the people that I know. , through photography or whatever. I mean, what I'm talking about. And care for them. So that's, that's how I got started.


My second project, which is the one that, your wife came to in Portland is called the bedroom project. And that theory is, it now has 21 women in it and it's 21 women. Who had life sentences, who then came home and they're sitting in their bedrooms. I took portraits of them in their bedrooms because that's a very intimate space, and often the only space they have, because they may live in shelters or communal housing, but it's their own space, and then I ask them to write something about how they felt in that space. So that's the second one. And then the third one is called looking inside portraits of women serving life sentences. And that one I did, basically in 2018, 2019 and I photograph 20 women with life sentences inside. Either a maximum security prison or if they were at the end of their sentences, they were in a medium. And again, I asked them, you know, what they wanted to tell the outside world. So that's what I'm through my visual imagery. I'm trying to get people to think about the humanity of people behind bars or out in the world.


Taylor Conley: [00:10:22] Yeah, I mean, that was very, very articulated into a way that gave me a lot of insight because the points that you're making about humanizing people, serving life sentences, and it sounds like you're kind of a pioneer as far as giving a voice and a picture so people can look inside to see more than just, Oh, this person committed this horrible crime and now let's cast them away from society forever and act like they're not alive anymore. Act like they're not still people,

you know?


Taylor Conley: [00:11:02] And so I really...


Sara Bennett: [00:11:06] I mean, I also want people...


Taylor Conley: [00:11:08] Yah, go ahead


Sara Bennett: [00:11:08] I want people to also understand something about, I mean, because I was a lawyer I was sort of uniquely placed to bring my own understanding of the system out into the public, like if kind of a melding of an artistic viewpoint with a legal viewpoint, but, I'll actually send you a copy of my newest book called Looking Inside Portraits of Women Serving Life Sentences.


But when they're up on the wall and people look at it and they're like, Oh, that woman has life without parole. I wonder what she did? And I can say what she did is no different than the person standing next to her who has 20 to life. It's just the arbitrariness of the system. it's a matter of who your defender was or who the judge was, or what County you were sentenced in or what was happening in that town at that moment. There's just so many things that go into it, but it's not, it's not because one person's act is any worse than the other persons. I just want, I want people to think about that. But most of that I really want people to think about is sort of the, the toll on us as a society when we treat people so poorly and we lock them up. I mean, as you know, I mean, I've met so many amazing, I mean, my project is all women, it's because mostly people focus on men in the system and they don't really think that much about women. But I met so many amazing women, some of whom have done really horrible things.


It doesn't mean they're horrible people. They're actually really interesting people who we all could learn an awful lot from, right? So maybe, maybe they were a victim of circumstances or maybe, who knows. I'm not really, honestly, I'm not really that interested in what took people to prison, not what took them there cause I'm really interested in people's back story, but I'm not that interested in the particular act that locks them away for decades. I feel like we focus way too much for the rest of people's criminal history or whatever on that one act, and we never really think to be able to see beyond it. And it's the not being able to see beyond it. That makes us give people life sentences. I hope that makes sense.


Taylor Conley: [00:13:23] People end up getting defined by that, then the only thing that people ever say about it is that, and they don't look any further into that person or their life, and then they just, all of a sudden that's it. And then you're gone and it seems the system is set up to focus on punishment instead of rehabilitation. And also, I mean, through the 14 years I've been incarcerated, I've noticed that a lot of lifers take it upon theirselves, even though most of the programming is not available to lifers, just due to the fact that they say, well, you're doing life in prison, so why do we need to take any of our resources to do anything with you guys? Because you're just going to be in here forever anyway, so we don't need to waste our money or time on that. But, however, I've noticed that a lot of lifers take it upon theirselves at some point to get involved in whatever volunteer programs that they can, and then ended up becoming like really positive influences on the other people that come into prison and try to make a difference to where these people don't keep coming back to prison and her teaching some of these programs now, so it's...


Sara Bennett: [00:14:47] Yeah, that's it exactly.


Taylor Conley: [00:14:50] I believe, like people can change and people can be rehabilitated. There should be like some type of redemption available to people that were not just wasting, not only tax payer dollars and different money that's put into housing people. Cause I mean it costs a lot of money to house somebody.

So if you were to put that same money into rehabilitating somebody and then they were able to get out and be a productive member of society and also have an influence on the next generation to not make the same mistakes that I think it would make a lot more sense.


Sara Bennett: [00:15:28] But I also think that we talk a lot about rehabilitation and change, but honestly, I feel like people sometimes are who they are at their core. It's just that as a society, we fail people when they're young and so they don't get the chance to realize who they actually could be. And then sadly people go to prison and then they get an education and then they're in a safe space or "safe."


I have to put quotation marks around it, but especially for a lot of people who've experienced a lot of violence in their lives on the outside. If they're in a prison where they've not experienced a lot of violence and it can be a safer place, they get to be who they were. You know what I'm saying? Like it's sad that...


Taylor Conley: [00:16:09] Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.


Sara Bennett: [00:16:10] That's the first place you get an education and then people will say, Oh, we rehabilitated them. But I say, what if you had taken that child from the time they were five years old and you put them in real good schools? Then they had the proper support and their family had support and had enough to eat and they had a place to live. people would not be resorting to violence. Right? And then that's what you see in, in people who've been in prison a long time. You see them as their best selves because they've had that opportunity to become that, so... That's the first time I'm saying that because I'm always hearing people are always talking about rehabilitation, and I always feel like when I get to know people and you ask them about their childhood, if they're an artist, they were always an artist. They just didn't have the chance to do that. Or if they like to read, they did like to read, they just didn't have access to the books, or there was something chaotic going on on at home or something like that.


Taylor Conley: [00:17:02] Yeah, I hear what you're saying. Absolutely. And I guess I say rehabilitation because at that is something that you hear a lot of and people relate to that and that's..


Sara Bennett: [00:17:12] By the courts


Taylor Conley: [00:17:12] the system has been into. Right? But I understand exactly what you're saying more than just that when you look into it and on a deeper level, it's like, because I was very young when I, when I was arrested, I was 20 years old and a few years before that I had just came out of a pretty horrible place that I got sent to when I was 15 until I was nearly 17, I went to this place called Tranquility Bay, which there's a documentary about it out there, but long story short, it was a whole group of programs like this...


Sara Bennett: [00:17:48] Yeah, I think I saw it.


Taylor Conley: [00:17:50] And so they shut them down cause they said that they were basically torturing kids. I went through a lot of horrible stuff in that time period. And then shortly after that, you know, I started doing a lot of drugs, which led me to a lifestyle that ultimately, though I'm not guilty of the crime that they found me guilty of, I committed a lot of, I did a lot of bad stuff leading up to there. So I don't blame anybody for winding up in the situation that I'm in. And I take responsibility for everything that I have done. And it's just, but it just shows that after time of like five or six, seven years of being in prison and coming to take accountability and, really like become a man instead of the kid that I was and the things that I went through up until that point was really when I started to really, I guess, come into being a good person, and it's just...


Sara Bennett: [00:18:49] Right and I think that's the personal story of people in prison, right? Is that something something happened to you that set you on a path right. That was not a good path.


But if you had had this, if you had had the proper support an intervention, you wouldn't have found yourself in that situation in the first place. That's just what I'm trying to say. Right. And I think that's true for most people, unless they, unless there's like mental illness, which is a whole different, I mean, that's really, a lot of prisons are filled with people with severe mental illness that if untreated or, or something like that. Right. And then on occasion there are a few people that would probably just fit into the, that big category of psychopath but there's not that many.


Taylor Conley: [00:19:36] Yeah. And I know there's some people that probably, Hmm. I'm not, I wouldn't say that people don't deserve to get out of prison, but maybe need like that psychiatric treatment versus a prison treatment where you just get locked in a box, and they may not be fit for society. But yet there is a great deal of people that are, and like, so in Washington state, we came up with the numbers that there's like,1,300 people that'll never get out of prison the way that the system stands right now, and I know a lot of people that are part of that 1,300 that are great, great people. They've grown a lot..


Sara Bennett: [00:20:21] Right? And honestly that's what I'm trying to show through my photography. There's a lot of people, and the nice thing about working in a visual medium, is you look at people and you can kind of see, like you see something when you look at a photo of somebody, and then you read what they have to say. It makes them a real person for you. And people feel a lot of compassion and empathy for my portrait subjects.

And I know that because I've exhibited, in this place, it's called Photoville. It's in Brooklyn, and it's once a year. And over the course of eight days I'd say there's a 100,000 people pass through there and they set up a little city, almost made out of freight containers.


And so I had a freight container last year with a bedroom project and this year with the, the women inside prison. And, people came through there and I talked to people nonstop for like eight to 10 hours every day for eight days. And people would go in and they would spend a lot of time like looking at the photos and reading what the woman had to say.

And then they would come up and they would be crying. And I always have a formerly incarcerated woman lifer with me so that they could talk to somebody who had actually had that experience. And then I had a place where people could write to the women who were in prison. And, Just the kinds of things, like there was a lot of, a lot of, first of all ignorance about what we do as a society.


And then there was so much compassion that was coming from the viewers towards the women. And I thought, well, this is successful. , this is what I'm trying to do. And visually it's an if a nice way to do it.


Taylor Conley: [00:21:59] Yeah, because, I mean, the visual. It's, it's reading something about somebody that somebody writes or something like that is one thing, but actually seeing people and not just in their worst light, like a lot of people get painted out to be bad and any images that get put out to the public are like behind bars or something in a court room, handcuffed, things like that. But when you actually, yeah. Mugshots stuff like that, but when you actually get to see somebody as a person and humanize that person, like what you're doing with your projects that you got going on, it's really cool. It's like, it's actually getting to see that person as a person.


And the fact that you're focusing on women, I think is great too. The two things, like you're doing the lifers and the women and focusing your, your resources on that, and I think that that's awesome because like you were saying, there really isn't a lot of exposure for women to get painted in, in a realistic light and a human.

Humanized light, like the way that you're doing. And so I really commend you and I respect it a lot because it's a subject that nobody's really talking about.


And I would definitely want to feature any stories of about the people that you have in your project and our magazine because we also do a magazine that goes out to people inside of prisons all around the country, and then content that we gather out of that people's stories, stuff that they want to share and contribute to the Designed Conviction project that we do, our social enterprise, which is about kind of doing the same stuff that you're doing a little bit more broader, than yours...


Sara Bennett: [00:23:59] Right, exactly


Taylor Conley: [00:23:59] ...is kinda focused on it on a specific thing. And so we would love to include anything that you would like to contribute or anything that any of the women that you work with would want to contribute. We would definitely like to make a space for you in our project as well, because we take all the content that we get from people inside and then we promote it and display works of people that are doing positive stuff.


People that are doing stuff with their lives and trying to give a voice to people and put their pictures, artwork or stories or whatever they want to share, and try to promote them the best that we can. We have an event coming up as well, April 17th, and it's got a theater. We got some musicians coming, I write music, and I got somebody that's going to be playing some of my songs that I wrote. and a headline, artists, a guy who did like quite a few years in prison, and is now a recording music artists and, their doing a really good job at it. And so the whole show is going to be bringing to light some of the things, very things that you're talking about. Any kind of like showing people what's going on.


Sara Bennett: [00:25:08] Is that going to be in Washington?


Taylor Conley: [00:25:10] It's going to be in Washington, absolutely April 17th and you're more than welcome. Like we would invite you to come out and even be a speaker at the show if he wanted to, but.

Sara Bennett: [00:25:19] I think I'm a little far, I wonder if you know about something called Die Jim Crow, which is a friend of mine who has been recording people in prison with their music, and it has like a book and it's going to be an album and he's got a lot of stuff going on. I guess. I, you know what, I should send all these links to maybe to your wife or something. So...


Taylor Conley: [00:25:42] Yeah, for sure,


Sara Bennett: [00:25:42] Because I'm sure he, because, because you're a musician, I'm sure he would love to meet you. And there's a huge art exhibition also coming up in New York at the Museum of Modern Art. There's Museum of Modern Art and then they have Museum of Modern Art PF 1. And there's a show that's opening on April 5th called art in the era of mass incarceration that's accompanying a book that's coming out, and most of the artists in that exhibition are either incarcerated or formerly incarcerated.

And then there's a few people like me who are making art around it, who are not formerly incarcerated.


Taylor Conley: [00:26:19] Yeah, I think that that's awesome.


Sara Bennett: [00:26:20] There's a few links I would like to send your way so you guys can look at them too.


Taylor Conley: [00:26:26] Definitely. Yeah, I think that would be great. This is our first event that we're actually hosting. We have a couple of other smaller events that we're going to be doing, and then we would like to continue doing more events, like do a tour of events to be able to display the people's artwork, tell their stories, and give a platform to musicians to perform music. And I wouldn't consider myself a musician. I'm just a songwriter. But, I uh...


Sara Bennett: [00:26:57] Oh just a songwriter, oh you know...


Taylor Conley: [00:27:00] but an artist. Like, I do art too. I paint, I paint and draw. Yeah?


Sara Bennett: [00:27:04] What you guys are doing is really its comprehensive, it's really impressive


Taylor Conley: [00:27:12] Well, thank you, thank you, and I think that the only way to really get the message out there and spread is through media, on a mass scale anyways, otherwise people are never going to get the message in here. So we're trying to make a movie out of the whole project or like a documentary series, and we did our first event, the candlelight vigil for the 1300 people that are scheduled with a sentence that they're going to die in prison. They had speakers, there was a whole bunch of people that showed up and they lit candles for, for all those people. I mean, I'm one of those people and we showed up there and one of my friends, he performed one of my songs and I made a little speech and we got the whole thing on video. So that'll be part of the project. Yeah. I will send over, have you seen the video that the highlight video of it?


Sara Bennett: [00:28:08] I did, it was really good.


Taylor Conley: [00:28:10] Oh, okay. Okay. Awesome. Yeah.


Sara Bennett: [00:28:13] Yeah.


Taylor Conley: [00:28:14] So I think that with that stuff, and then we're going to do this event and this event is probably going to be pretty amazing. The place holds 800 people so hopefully we'll be able to get 800 people there. And uh


Sara Bennett: [00:28:28] That's amazing. Well, you know, people are really, really talking about these issues now and which is very exciting. I'm sure it is to you. It is to me, as I told you, I was a defense lawyer and stopped in 2000 and 2004. Which means that I started in the 80s right? So back then nobody was talking about these issues I mean, not nobody, there were few people who are, who were thinking about these issues. I guess probably all the defense attorneys and the family and the people who were incarcerated, but within the, within the bigger world, nobody was thinking about mass incarceration at all. And now pretty much. Everywhere. I went to an art event yesterday and somebody was doing a dance and they were doing it to a speech by Angela Davis about abolishing prison. I mean, it was so unexpected to me. I mean, I knew the artist. I was like, wow, like this is really, really, going into going out everywhere.


And it was just really great and I do think that we're going to see some changes. I think it's really, really important to focus on people with the lengthy sentences and the life sentences though. What else? ?


Taylor Conley: [00:29:47] Yeah.


Sara Bennett: [00:29:47] That's just really important, It's great. That's really great what you're doing.


Taylor Conley: [00:29:52] People, people don't really want to address that subject, and a lot of it's politics. I think, too. It's like..


Sara Bennett: [00:29:59] No, but what I'm saying it's just you probably will get your 800 people, because people are now caring about it and thinking about it and it's like, you're talking about doing a record and I know somebody who's doing a record and you have a magazine and I know someone else who has a magazine. Like there's always a lot of work going on. Like there's a different art show every single year on governor's Island in New York. I think probably this year coming up is probably gonna be about the seventh and it's called marking time. And it takes place for six weeks and it shows art from, that's been made by people in prison all over the country. I mean, there's just like so much stuff going on that's very exciting and that's like exciting to me to meet you like you're another person but you're in a different state and your, your putting together this work. That's great. It's, it's exciting. I guess.


Taylor Conley: [00:30:52] Well, thank you very much, we already recorded the record, by the way. It's called the Free Taylor Project, and...


Sara Bennett: [00:30:59] Oh, Cool.


Taylor Conley: [00:30:59] I would love to send you over a copy of it if you'd be interested.


Sara Bennett: [00:31:03] That'd be great


Taylor Conley: [00:31:04] Check that out. Yeah,


Sara Bennett: [00:31:07] That's not on your website, I looked through it but I didn't see that


Taylor Conley: [00:31:11] It hasn't been released yet, but it's about the be.


Sara Bennett: [00:31:15] oh okay, cool


Taylor Conley: [00:31:15] So I will definitely get you a copy of that because I'd love for you to check it out , and, like I said, if you want to our next issue comes out end of April. So if we get some stuff from you, some material, we would love to publish it, your photos, writings, whatever it is that you want to, that you want to put in there, we would definitely give you space for that for sure.


Sara Bennett: [00:31:41] Well thanks, that's really generous, thank you.


Taylor Conley: [00:31:45] Absolutely. Absolutely. Like I said, I respect what you're doing 100% because...


Sara Bennett: [00:31:49] Thank you


Taylor Conley: [00:31:51] ...It's something that a lot of people wouldn't touch and you've put in so much into it. I can tell that you've like really put a lot of time and effort and energy and kind of made it, it almost seems like a life's work of yours


Sara Bennett: [00:32:05] Yeah. It kind of is, or it's kind of become that way. I don't know. I think it's just all in all of my different skills and, passion have come together with this project. I mean, I always, I loved practicing criminal law. I've been an attorney. I would, I had a particular way of practicing that was..I think maybe a little bit on the more creative side, but now being able to do it visually, but with having all the background knowledge, it's just, it's a really great way of having a platform that people can respond to. Let's put it that way. I mean that's the nice thing about an art gallery that you're drawing in people who wouldn't ordinarily be drawing. And then their exposed to issues that they haven't yet thought of that. But once they're there, they learn about the issues and then they care about them. And, you know, I think that's one way of many of trying to change policies. I guess that's what I'm trying to do.


Taylor Conley: [00:33:11] Absolutely. A lot of times, people need to physically be there and experience it, and just be able to open their mind a little bit to different concepts.

Sara Bennett: [00:33:26] First people who are locked up are locked away so people don't think about them that much, and if they do, it's very abstract and I say it has to be abstract or we wouldn't treat people the way we do. If the people actually saw like, how people lived inside prison and what they ate and what the work conditions were, and how much they got paid, and that they pay for their phone calls and they pay for their email and they pay for everything. The living conditions that are so bad that people wouldn't put their animal and right. But we do that to human beings because we don't see them.


Taylor Conley: [00:34:01] Well, we wouldn't feed their animals the food we get, that's for sure.


Sara Bennett: [00:34:04] I actually had a pop up exhibition in one of the prisons where I exhibited. In other words, I took the exhibits that had been where I had photographed the women, and the whole prison got to come down and see the photos and that's really awesome. But I actually was given what they called a feed up tray, I don't know if that's what you call it. I got to experience that the food was, it's, it's a little bit hard to describe. I mean, It's a long way away from the lunch that used to get in school. But I think the lunch in school probably looks better than whatever it is that you guys are getting.


Taylor Conley: [00:34:43] To say the least.


Sara Bennett: [00:34:46] Right? Exactly.


Taylor Conley: [00:34:46] I think it's amazing what you're doing. And I definitely appreciate you coming on here and talking to me and sharing what it is that you're doing, what you got going on, and all the cool stuff that you were telling about linking us up to. I think that I really commend you and like I said, I respect what you're doing a lot and the invitation is open if you are available on April 17th we could definitely put you on the show.


Sara Bennett: [00:35:20] Oh thank you, I know I'm not going to be able to make it back to the west coast. That was my first time on the West coast in a really really long time, so I don't think i'm going to be back there for a long time but...


Taylor Conley: [00:35:28] That was really cool that you've been traveling all over the place with this show that you're exhibiting. I know my wife said that she had a great time there and that it was very eye opening and riveting kind of the way that you've displayed what you're doing.


Sara Bennett: [00:35:45] I haven't really traveled. The work has been, actually, it was in Croatian, it's been in India, so it's been around the world, but I have not been around the world with it. This is the first time I went outside of New York to, the exhibition. It was really fun and it was really great to meet your wife and meet with the other family members I met of yours who were supportive, you have a really strong support network and that was really nice to see.


Taylor Conley: [00:36:12] Yeah. I'm fortunate for that and the more people hear and actually stop to listen to the story, the more people get to see what I've been able to accomplish. The more that support that I've been able to get, because when they check it out, and they really take the time to see what it is that you're about, it's like, wow, I support that, this guy does deserve another chance.


Sara Bennett: [00:36:37] Exactly because they see you as a person with real interests with real talents and skills and abilities.


Taylor Conley: [00:36:40] Hey that was so awesome. I really appreciate it, Sara, she's pretty amazing lady, and I really enjoy what she's doing. I think that it's something that's powerful and meaningful. Really, there's not a lot of people that are looking out for the women like that, and especially the lifers


The lifers men or women are a lost and forgotten about group of individuals that were cast away from society, and Sara's really shining some light on that. She's taken her show on the road all the way from New York. She came out to the West coast just recently and was doing a gallery exhibit about, you know, the artwork that she's doing and the stories of the women that, that she was representing. And I think it's just a beautiful thing.


My wife and a couple of other constituents of Designed Conviction, Salty Candace and, and Annie, they, they all went out there with my wife Cecilia, the wife of a lifer, she said that it was really a fun time and eye opening as well, getting to hear the stories of these people. It really puts a humanized face to just otherwise what would be a number lost and forgotten about. Anyways, I really do appreciate you coming out to listen today and also I would like to give a special thanks to our sponsor, Jerry Logan.


He's supposed to be launching his new show, Jerry's Ride's, so you can check that out. jerrysrides.com he's going to be a he's going to be coming out with that very soon. And you know, check out designedconviction.com check out freetaylorproject.com and don't forget to hit us on Instagram @alifeofthelifer.

Send us your questions, comments, any feedback that you may have, and we will get back to you. Alright, have a good day.

Updated: Feb 21

Walk the Line Intro: [00:00:00] You have a collect call from Taylor an inmate at the Washington Correctional Center. To accept the call press 5.


Taylor Conley: [00:00:33] There's nothing like waking up to the sound of clacking and buzzing as the doors crack in the morning after count clears, waking up to the reality of life in prison. For some, it's just a stop along their journey, a mile post, an experience. For others, it is a revolving door, in and out, in and out. And that's the way of life, stuck in the cycle pulling and eating away at them.

And then for some it becomes their destination as the hammer came down and that judge issued ‘em a death sentence The slow way, by way of life in prison.

This is the Life of a Lifer by Taylor Conley.


Hello friends and family, welcome. Thank you for joining us today. This is Taylor Conley on the Life of a Lifer, the realist podcast coming straight from the pod. I'm serving life without parole and refused to give up or be forgotten. We all have the story to tell and this platform is where you'll hear the other side of the coin.

Most people don't give it much thought as to what happens years later to the people who have had the key thrown away on them. That's including me. This can't be the answer, especially when so many like myself were young into the age of adolescent. I've done so much in the face of adversity and I'm the founder of Designed Conviction. We have created this social enterprise to provide a platform for those who are doing positive works, and we're promoting the stories that change from inside these walls in the barbwire riddle fences. All the way to the outside on the street. We've got two magazine publications, one that goes inside and one that goes outside, so subscribe and check it out at designconviction.com.


Last weekend, my wife and cousin Annie, went out to our friends Struggle Jennings show, the grandson of legendary outlaw country star, Waylon Jennings at the Ponderosa in Portland, Oregon. You can check out more and see pictures from the show on my wife's Instagram at @wifeofalifer. They got to hang out with him and his amazing daughter and see the phenomenal performance, meet his crew and just a cool ass bunch of folks that were touring across the West coast, Struggle and his daughter Brianna Harness with Trap Deville, did the album Angels and Outlaws. Later on, we were able to meet up with him in Seattle at the gym after he was working out, and I was able to get the chance to talk to him. As we're about to release the first project after Designed Conviction's entertainment label, the Free Taylor Project, which I wrote in prison with my good friend Caleb Twidwell over the last five years ago, and was able to get Caleb into the studio to record the tracks just recently. I also threw on there some spoken word poems that I put together at the time when we had a music program inside of the prison, but that got shut down. So I look forward to this coming out & check out the freetaylorproject.com to ch- to see more from this.


I want to give a special thanks, shout out to our sponsor, Jerry. Logan. He's believed in us, he's believed in the vision since the beginning and his contributions have made it possible and helped us along the way to keep this thing going. He believes in the ability of change because like I said, myself, I'm living proof of it and he sees that and like so many others, he wasn't necessarily aware that Washington state, where we're located at does not have a parole system. Just like so many other States. Jerry's about to launch a new pilot called Jerry's Rides. You should check it out. It should be coming out mid to late February, I believe, and be sure to be sure to look into it. It's talking about cars, he's, he's got, you know, some pretty, pretty nice whips, man. Look at it on Jerrysrides.com if you want to learn more about Jerry, you can find him also online on- on the TV show Bitchin' Rides with Dave Kindig who built his famous copper caddy. I had the opportunity to write a song about the copper caddy I wrote a copper caddy song, and currently we're working on, on getting that put together and produced and everything. So stay tuned for that and we'll let you know more when that develops.


Right now, I'd like to take the chance to play the single, we dropped off the Free Taylor Project. It's called So Cold featuring Caleb Twidwell by Designed Conviction, you can find it on all the major outlets, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube. We just shot the video for it and we'll be releasing it in the near future along with the acoustic live version, it's pretty awesome. Caleb really did his thing on there, so stay tuned after the song and we're going to get into the interview with Struggle Jennings.


(Plays So Cold off the Free Taylor Project Album)


Man, that song gets me every time. It epitomizes my personal struggle is pouring my heart and soul out in the way of Caleb sings those words captures the meaning because he was right there with me through the trials and tribulations and helped me write that song and make it what it is.

As it resonates let's get into what we've got going on today. We've got a special guest here today. This man is on a mission to make an impact. And has a message to send with a story to tell. Please welcome the living legend. The one the only Struggle Jennings.


Struggle Jennings: [00:11:51] Yo.


Taylor Conley: [00:11:54] Hey man, are you there Struggle?


Struggle Jennings: [00:11:57] Yeah, man, how you doing?


Taylor Conley: [00:11:59] h-, I'm doing all right, man. Hey, I'm glad that I got a chance to catch up with you, brother. I know that you're busy, man, doing a lot of things out there.


Struggle Jennings: [00:12:09] Yeah, man. Always got time though, man. That's one thing I do is I make sure I make time to, uh, you know, be able to do stuff like this and talk and spread awareness, you know, for the guys that are in there, for the guys that are out, coming out for the families of the people that are locked down or coming home. So they understand really what, what they're dealing with. You know, and I, and I love what you're doing because you're giving awareness to the guys. you know, to not come in or to the ones, bringing awareness to the ones that were you know given too much time at too young of an age. Um, you know, so I feel like we're really aligned in what we do. Definitely.


Taylor Conley: [00:12:51] Absolutely, man. Because that's really the message that we're trying to spread, man. That there is another way to really go out there and get it. And not have to keep coming back to the penitentiary, man, you know, and not have to receive these life sentences. Like I got sentenced at 20 years old in 2006 to life without the possibility of parole, man, and uh, you know, it's not right that the way the system is set up, man, you know, and I know that you've done quite a bit of time yourself, you know.


Struggle Jennings: [00:13:20] Yeah they definitely, there's definitely going to work on the rehabilitation and they really need to take in consideration to, you know, where somebody's at in their life and the possibility of change. I think they've gotten so caught up or believing that change is impossible because of recidivism rates, because the people coming back. But instead if they brought more awareness to what it really takes to get out and to stay out, I feel like they'd have a better, those statistics would be different. And that's what I'm trying to do because you know, like I've seen so many of my people go back immediately just in and out, in and out, in and out. And you know, just because they'll get a timeline and they're like, man, I'm gonna do this I' m gonna to do that. You want to come home so motivated, but then they get these obstacles and shit doesn't it go right. They get frustrated and they just veer back into those same irrational beliefs or those same, you know, ways, too soon. You know, instead of just sticking it out and understanding. So you know really with my story, I came home three years ago, nothing, kids in foster care. Uh, my ex wife, you know, addicted to heroin out in the streets. She passed away this last year, um, due to an overdose, but I came home three years ago, absolutely nothing, kids in foster care, today, three years later, I'm traveling the world on the tour bus, I've got nine kids in my house, I got custody of all my kids, adopted two more, living in my home. You know, and I'm living proof that if you just keep pushing, man, that shit can work. Everything that you sit in that cell and dream about and plan and it'll work. You just can't get frustrated in here from the past. You know? And a lot of families get frustrated. A lot of families, you know, they're not as supportive cause they've heard the same stories, jail, cop, whatever. So I like to be able to give those families the same kind of motivation, like listen, they can do this. They're going to need your help. It doesn't mean you've got to give them a bunch of money. You just got to be there to push them, you know?


Taylor Conley: [00:15:26] Absolutely, man. And having the opportunities too man and, and, and having, you know, availability to different resources is a good thing too. But you gotta have that drive, man. And having those people that are there supportive. You know, and being able to have somebody to go to, I mean, that's, that's very important too, man.


Struggle Jennings: [00:15:46] Those guys that don't have anybody, you know, a lot of people get out and they burn every bridge that they have and they don't have anybody. I've seen that a lot too. But the reality is 90% of millionaires are self made, and self made means self-made. You know, they didn't have nobody. So...


Taylor Conley: [00:16:05] Absolutely.


Struggle Jennings: [00:16:06] Like it's possible man, there's so much opportunity out here. There's a lot of resources, there's a lot of programs. That shit too. If you lean on them, you know, it's just, the reality is it's just not giving up. Seeing the vision when it's nowhere in front of you and knowing, listen man, I've done made it through this and really not having feared to lose, cause a lot of people are scared to lose, but it's like, well, we just came from the bottom. We just came from prison. We just came from poverty. We just came from being homeless, whatever it was. And we made it past that. So worst case scenario, you get knocked back a little bit, but you still ain't down back at the bottom and you were comfortable there. So why be scared? Just keep pushing forward man to take those chances and fucking, you know, everything is possible bro.


Taylor Conley: [00:16:50] Absolutely man, I mean, look at me, man. I'm sitting in the penitentiary doing life without parole, man, and I got a magazine that, it goes across the country, bro to damn near every prison in the entire country. We got that magazine into brother and uh, you know we're really just trying to spread this word bro. And then we got another one, so what we do is we send them- we send the magazine, we've got the Inside Designed Conviction the Magazine goes out to all the prisons that we can get it into across the country, and we provide a platform man online, and we're going out to events and promoting what we're doing and promoting these people that are doing, trying to do something with their lives, but they just need a place to do it, man. They need the opportunity man. So we're trying to give them that opportunity, bro, and let them shine. We got the Outside Designed Conviction, the Magazine, so we feature those people that are really striving and trying to get it man, and really do something with their lives and to shine light on these very things that you're talking about man.


Struggle Jennings: [00:17:49] Yeah, man. It's amazing, bro, and listen, anyway that I can continue to help and they've got my people's contacts. Uh, I'm easy to get a hold of on Instagram so. Just let me know, man. And you know, I'm, I'm riding for the cause, so whatever it is that y'all need, um, on my end, you know, I'm a hundred percent down.


Taylor Conley: [00:18:08] That's what's up, bro. Absolutely, man, cause I do, I do music too. I write music, man, and I'm working on a project with Seth Anthony bro, and um, I would love to have you on it.


Struggle Jennings: [00:18:18] Yeah, yeah, I just did a song with him.


Taylor Conley: [00:18:21] Yeah, man. Yeah, I love that dude bro. He a, he's a good ass dude, man. And, uh, he really believes in it too, bro, the more people that we can get that really believe in it, the further this message is going to get spread out. Cause I mean, basically from the songs that I've heard of yours, you're a storyteller, man. And we're trying to, trying to get these stories out there, brother, you know? And uh. I got, I got a project I'm about to drop that I made with a, with a good friend of mine that I did time with who's an amazing singer. So I'm going to release that. The free Taylor Project, man. It's a compilation kind of different styles of music. There's country, there's some alternative. There's some rock in there. And then I got some spoken words, some poems. We used to have a music program to where we had a studio and uh, you know, I w I was able to record some stuff before they shut it down, but now that program's gone, except-


Struggle Jennings: [00:19:17] Yeah man, I wish they would do that man, I wish they were bring those back. I've never gotten in a facility that had one, you know, they had, we had a band room and we got to, you know, go in there-


Taylor Conley: [00:19:25] That's what it was basically, was a band room, but they had some recording equipment.


Struggle Jennings: [00:19:29] - in the fed, Because I did time in the state and the fed, so, uh, we had a great band room in the fed, but there was a couple facilities that had recording studios that we're like disappearing though, you know, and I believe that would be such an amazing outlet. Just like, you know, for me, I went in and I laid on the weight, I was 335 pounds. I was so out of shape, you know, that led insecurities and anger and you know, just poor health period. And so I went in there and I focused on health the most, and came out, you know, lost 120 pounds and came out and said that, that's like my reset, like even today, like they're sitting here talking to me right now. I'm in the gym in Seattle, you know, I just did sold out show in Portland last night. Uh, I didn't get to bed til four, but nine o'clock I'm back up and I'm in the gym, you know? So cause that's kind of my reset. That's how every day I get up and I get refocused, realigned, and, and you know, any tension or, or anything that I'm holding on to, I let it go here. So...


Taylor Conley: [00:20:38] That's an amazing philosophy to live by, man. You're really getting it, bro.


Struggle Jennings: [00:20:44] Ya, man. Definitely, we definitely. Uh, got a lot going on, man. And just, you know, this just came from hard working and faith, man. I believe in this, that you can, and then not allowing, not allowing those walls to still be around you when you get out. You know, there's a lot of us bringing walls with bro, a lot. A lot of my people, they tear those walls right out with them and you know, you can't do that. You've got to remember where you were. You got to remember the people that you were in there with, you know, to, to not get too comfortable or you'll end up right back. But at the same time, man a lot of... You've got to get out and, and just push man, forward motion.


Taylor Conley: [00:21:31] Absolutely, bro. Absolutely. Because if now you're going to go backwards, man, because you're either going forward or backwards, you're not going to be standing still.


Struggle Jennings: [00:21:42] Nope.


Taylor Conley: [00:21:46] Well, that's amazing, bro. I just want to, I want to ask you one question that I always ask everybody is, uh, what do you think about life sentences?


Struggle Jennings: [00:21:58] I think that, uh, I don't think that they're warranted 90% of the time, man I don't, I don't really feel like, I don't really feel like, like who is, who is to really make that decision that somebody can't change, that somebody can't turn away from where they've come from that somebody can't turn a negative into a positive, that somebody can't flip that switch and, and bring the light to the others that are trapped in that dark. So if you just give people life sentences, you're taking that away, you're taking that opportunity, you know? And it might be one of the reasons that we don't have heroes anymore man. There's not heroes out here dog. Like, you know, there's a few of us that are fighting that fight, but you know, I don't, I don't. I don't really know what to say to that man, except for I believe that, uh, nobody should be able to dictate or to, or to stop what God got to play. You know what I mean?


Taylor Conley: [00:23:05] Absolutely, man, because, uh, you know, my take on it is, is that everybody has...


Struggle Jennings: [00:23:10] bro, imagine if you got out right now. In the mind frame that you're in right now, what you can really do and how many lives you could save and how many people that you could get the turn away from that life of crime and not go to prison.


Taylor Conley: [00:23:27] That's, what I'm saying man


Struggle Jennings: [00:23:29] Just cause of what you been through, you know.


Taylor Conley: [00:23:30] That's what I'm saying, man. If I can talk to these kids that were in the same boats, that was in man, the same boats that you were in, you know, you were out there doing it, man. And I, I, I commend you bro. And, uh. I really want to put your story out there through what we're doing. So I hope that you'd be interested in, we can, we can put your story on the front page of our next, uh, our next edition man. Send it out to all the prisoners so they can hear about you, bro.


Struggle Jennings: [00:23:54] Let's do it. Let's do it, I'm with it. I appreciate it man. And keep your head high, bro. Keep your eyes wide, keep shining that light, man.


Taylor Conley: [00:24:05] All right, brother


Struggle Jennings: [00:24:06] Keep shining that light brother


Taylor Conley: [00:24:06] Thank you so much man for stopping by. And uh, I appreciate you.

It was an honor to have Struggle on the Life of the Lifer and the love you showed us brings a lot of hope. This man here is truly an inspiration to me. I appreciate all that he's doing for us, and I look forward to hearing struggle on our next project, man, that's so exciting. The soundtrack for the Life of Lifer. We got. Seth Anthony working on the project with us, so you know it's going to be hot, he's about to drop his new album, 2020 Vision. This is a hard working real ass dude, man who has supported everything we've done and we support everything that he's doing.

I look forward to all that's to come in this great year in 2020, I feel like big things are gonna happen. Man, I'd like to catch a few words from my wife Cecilia Conley. Tell us a bit about, you know, hanging out with Struggle and, and what she thought about him and, and how that went. You wanna tell us a little bit.


Cecilia Conley: [00:25:12] Hello? Yes, of course. And you have any questions?


Taylor Conley: [00:25:20] Oh, well, you know, from, from my experience, what I've gathered and everything and hanging out with the guy just via, through the phone and, and the conversations that we've had, the guy seems like he's really down to earth. What do you think?


Cecilia Conley: [00:25:34] Yes. I was really amazed how approachable he's really down to earth. Like really, he recognized me because I shared a picture on Instagram, with your hat of Free Taylor, and he was really open to hear what we were about. He was quite impressed with what we were doing and he really aligned. And he's up to the c, so that's like speaks a lot of me is like, even though he is making it, he hasn't forgotten about his family and friends that he left behind, but he was released 3 years ago.


Taylor Conley: [00:26:12] Yeah. That speaks volumes, I think, is that, you know when, when you don't forget where he comes from, but you keep moving forward and you're working towards making a difference. I think that that, that's amazing. Even with all the success that he has, he's still working towards making a difference.


Cecilia Conley: [00:26:31] Exactly.

I'm really, really impressed by him. And the lyrics speaks volumes too. So I am really excited too. Uh, moving forward, we'd all the fights that we have and see how we can fit together, you know?


Taylor Conley: [00:26:49] Absolutely. Absolutely. Well, thank you for coming on here, sweetheart, and it's always good to hear from you. You can find you a follow you on wife of a lifer, right? On Instagram?


Cecilia Conley: [00:27:03] Yeah. wife of lifer. Yeah. Wife of a lifer. Yeah. I just opened my account like two weeks ago and It’s getting quite successful so, quite interesting.


Taylor Conley: [00:27:16] Well, you're pretty amazing. So I could only imagine. And yeah, check out more behind the scenes of what's going on at the Life of a Lifer @ the wife of a lifer. And she's going to be telling the story. So stay tuned because much more is to come. Thank you sweetheart, and thanks everybody for tuning in. You know, I would also, would you recommend people go to his shows? Because you should definitely see his show.


Cecilia Conley: [00:27:45] Yes. It's quite cool. I love it. I love the bands. I love everybody, like it it's something else, I really recommend that. Yes. Well, of course.


Taylor Conley: [00:27:58] He's got a live band he puts on a great performance. From what I understand, I got some video clips, man. I felt like I was right there. It was cool, man. I really, I really think that now he's touring right now. I believe he goes into Idaho. He's going to hit Montana, Colorado. Where else? Where was he going to, I think, I think he was going to a Salt Lake city, on his way back from Tennessee man. Yeah. If you listen in and you get a chance, definitely something that we recommend to go out and see Struggle. Sure. Real ass dude, man, check it out. He's got all kinds of new music out. This guy said he put out like five albums in the last year. I don't know anybody who works at hard, but this guy's doing it. Put on like a hundred and and 40 shows, 140 something shows in the last year. It's pretty amazing.


Cecilia Conley: [00:28:57] And we, I met him and the team then that the morning after the show and he was there doing it and making it like, this is not a stop. So it's totally unexplored nation. And I really hope that, he gets more way more in stuff because he deserved that. He's working pretty hard for that.


Taylor Conley: [00:29:20]

couldn't said it better myself, and I just wanted to say thank you so much for tuning in. Thank you everybody for all the support that they show and thank everybody for behind the scenes that makes this thing happen. This is the podcast coming at you live from the pod till next week. Same time, same place. It's been real. This is Taylor Conley on the Life of a Lifer.

  • Sara Spears

Hello and welcome friends and family. How are you doing today? Today's a good day and this is actually the start of a new season and with new seasons comes new adventures. We've got all kinds of things going on around here at Design Conviction and Life of a Lifer. Designed Conviction is the company that supports the Life of a Lifer.


I just want to let you know that I appreciate everybody who's out there supporting us, supporting this movement. We're speaking the truth we're coming from a place of hardship, going through crucibles inside a prison, that's why it's called Life of a Lifer.

I'm doing life without the possibility of parole, I'm sharing with you because I feel like I have a story to tell. I've got a message to send that people aren't to be locked up with the key thrown out and never to be heard from again.


There are over 2.5 million people across America that are incarcerated, and the numbers are just rising and there's no solution. So that's what we're doing here at Designed Conviction, we are coming up with a solution, and the solution is to do something proactive to work on rehabilitation. I believe that art changes lives, that is the model I believe in. I believe it because it changed my life. I've been a storyteller, a songwriter, and a poet since I was a kid. I have been through some very difficult situations, as we have talked about in previous podcasts. I'm getting more into telling that story because I'm actually writing a book, a book that talks about me and what I've been through.


If you can find Freedom within art, you can find Freedom within life. I believe anybody can do that no matter where they are. Just look at me, I'm locked up for the rest of my life and I've been able to find freedom and happiness within here. Along my journey, I was able to cultivate my craft of Art and make it into an album.


On another note, check out my boy Seth Anthony, I did an interview with him last week. This dude is something else and I really appreciate him. He's a real dude and he's been through struggles. He understands what it's like and he recognizes what we're doing here, he supports the movement so much, not only did he agree to do some songs with me but also agreed to wear some gear that we sent him and post about it. Right now he's down in Nashville Tennessee shooting a new music video with Struggle Jennings called Bleeding Blue, which will be on his album 20/20 vision coming out soon.


I'd like to introduce to you my next interview, Lizzie Kommes, she was on the show Love after Lockup. The way she was portrayed there, was with a lot of drama, but when I sat down to talk with her, I saw a different side of Lizzie.


Lizzie is a person who has struggled and persevered through addiction, and we all know addiction is a powerful thing. Lizzie is a perfect example of somebody who is able to change their mindset. She's doing great things and is being a positive role model.


So let's get Lizzie on the air.


Taylor: Lizzie, hey are you there?


Lizzie: Yes, I am here. How are you?


Taylor: I'm doing wonderful. After the Love after Lockup show, I would just like to sit down with you and talk about, you know, what's happened since then. What's your journey been like? What are some of the things you've been going through?


Lizzie: Well after the TV shows I was on, Love after Lockup and Life after Lockup, um, I actually have a real job. I used to be a stripper, so I never actually had a normal job. I've been working at a factory driving a forklift. I also go to school full time. I'm going for my drug and alcohol counselor degree. I have two more semesters left and I will have my AA degree. I also have my own website. I just launched like two weeks ago. It's www.lizziekommes.com


Taylor: What kind of stuff do you have on your website?


Lizzie: Well, there was a famous catchphrase on the TV show, the guy that was my boyfriend was yelling at me. I was out of this prison for like 5, maybe 10 hours. And he was arguing with me. And then so I, cause I don't swear anymore, I was like, all frustrated. I didn't know what to do. So I was like, “It's all in your head.” Right? And I like stormed off and it was a big scene on TV. So people started saying that! Like when girls get mad at their boyfriends, they're like “ It’s all in your head!” So I made a catchphrase, pretty cool right?


Taylor: Here's the thing though, I'm just getting to know you because I have really actually no clue about the TV show. I don't have access to that in here, but it's cool though that you are turning that into something. Do you have any designs and stuff that go with it?


Lizzie: It's the catch phrase with a little heart over the I and stuff. It’s all on my website and so it's just that I used to hustle in a different way when I was in prison, getting tricks and everything, but now I have a legit hustle.


Taylor: That is something I promote to people, you can go and do all this and all that, and then up doing all this time in prison, or you can just take that same skill set and apply it to something legit that's cool as f***, while at the same time you're able to make money and you can make way more money, tons more money than doing something illegal…


Listen to the rest of this exciting interview by tuning into our podcast. Life of a Lifer - Lizzie Kommes.