Timothy J. “T. J.” Parsell (born July 12, ) is an American writer, filmmaker, and human rights activist committed to ending prison rape. He is best known for his book Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man’s Prison. Directed by T.J. Parsell. With Jerry Broome, Bryan Dechart, Joe Hotham, Terrence Ruggiero. A 17 year old boy is sent to an adult prison for robbing a Fotomat. T.J. Parsell talked about his memoir [Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man’s Prison], published by Carroll and Graf.

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He is convicted and sentenced to up to 15 years in the Michigan prison system. No longer can you afford to ignore the silence parseol the room. If it weren’t for the last quarter of this book, I probably would only give it a one-star rating, but the final chapters more than make up for what is endured in the first three-quarters as Tim undergoes self-evaluation, accepts himself and responsibility for his past actionsand then moves forward to closure.

Francis College Class of My grandfather, father, uncles, cousins and brothers have all spent time inside a prison or juvenile detention facility.

While I tend not to like books that dwell on the prurient interests surrounding the rapes of young guys parwell prison, this book held some appeal because it dealt with the prisons in my home state of Michigan.

He is repeatedly raped in prison until Slide Steps “offer” himself as his protector. However, I felt like a voyeur – or a serf in medievil times willing going to the Town Square to wat Definitely a page turner. I never heard of this book until recently.

Book Review – Fish: A Memoir of A Boy in A Man’s Prison by T.J. Parsell

My successful years in the software business enabled me to venture out and to work on something more meaningful.


Peter Bacanovic’s sentence put the spotlight on gay prisoners”. To view it, click here. Refresh and try again. He senses something is off in the way the ringleader speaks to him in a sort of cunning charm and long, suggestive glances. This was a hard to read book because of the content. The opportunity to help shape public opinion is too important to surrender for a few thousand dollars. Fish is not the kind of movie that the traditional Hollywood system would make, which is all fjsh more reason I need help from anyone and everyone I can to make this dream a reality.

Fox — it pretty much tells my story. When they’re separated, he’s devastated, but finds comfort in a relationship with the savvy Boy Paul. New prisoners are known as fish and like other fish Tim entered prison life with little knowledge of the rules and how to survive. It was an education that led me to therapy.

Parsell worked in sales in the software industry from toemployed by companies such as the New York City Transit Authority and DuPont. You’ll Only Have Each Other Not many people can say they came out, were raped in prison and then achieve a stable enough life to feel comfo This is the true story of a year old boy sent to prison for holding up a photo-mat with a toy gun. Around the Year i New York was a great place for someone determined on reinventing himself.

Witnesses testified about government information gathering of rape data on reported rapes and victimization surveys. Parsell is a human rights activist and has spent several decades working to change the conditions for prisoners and to end prison rape.

Lists with This Book. As I worked on the inside, I always parsrll myself that being locked up was their punishment, and any continued undue punishment while locked up was unnecessary. I walked away more aware of the sometimes egregious failures of the prison system, which I would imagine is one outcome the author may have wanted. I worked on my book full time, was elected board President of a non-profit human fiish group and served as a consultant to the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission.


As he did, you just have to give in and oarsell your time i I found this book as a suggestion on amazon. The picture explores the themes of freedom, courage, identity and empowerment.

Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man’s Prison

A very good read, but brutal nonetheless. A Memoir is often cited as a sort of songbook for the prison rights’ activists since the author, T. Retrieved July 5, Then I spent a year promoting it.

These surveys were created in recognition of the fact that most inmates do not file a complaint after suffering a sexual assault.

Book Review – Fish: A Memoir of A Boy in A Man’s Prison by T.J. Parsell – Words and Pictures

Search for ” Fish: Yet it was a young corrections administrator who taught me the value of an education. In his prisoner advocacy work, Parsell often states that he feels he deserved to be punished for his crime, but did not deserve to be brutally raped and exploited.

The tension never let up. A setting, I might add, that has over 10 million people cycled through it each year. A Memoir pareell a Boy in a Man’s Prison. Share this Rating Title: