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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Parsell held up the local Photo Mat with a toy gun, he was sentenced to four and a half to fifteen years in prison. The first night of his term, four older inmates drugged Parsell and took turns raping him.
When they were through, they flipped a coin to decide who would “own” him. Forced to remain silent about his rape by a convict code among i When seventeen-year-old T. Forced to remain silent about his rape by a convict code among inmates one in which informers are murderedParsell’s experience that first night haunted him throughout the rest of his sentence.
In an effort to silence the guilt and pain of its victims, the issue of prisoner rape is a story that has not been told.
For the first time Parsell, one of America’s leading spokespeople for prison reform, shares the story of his coming of age behind bars.
He gives voice to countless others who have been exposed to an incarceration system that turns a blind eye to the abuse of the prisoners in its charge. Since life behind bars is so often exploited by television and movie re-enactments, the real story has yet to be told.
Fish is the first breakout story to do that. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Fishplease sign up.
Lists with This Book. Mar 13, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: While I tend not to like books that dwell on the prurient interests surrounding the rapes of young guys in prison, this book held some appeal because it dealt with the prisons in my home state of Michigan. I had an uncle that made a few mistakes and did a stretch at the state penitentiary in Jackson Michigan. My grandmother often visited my uncle there and usually got my dad to take her. One time my mom and dad decided to drop my grandma off with us kids in the car.
The high walls and the machin While I tend not to like books that dwell on the prurient interests surrounding the rapes of young guys in prison, this book held some appeal because it dealt with the prisons in my home state of Michigan.
The high walls and the machine gun turrets are still imposing images in my mind. This is a true story and the author is only a few years older than I am. His story of the brutal environment inside the prison seemed fissh the more striking because it was grounded in events of the day that I experienced as a contemporary. He tells it like it was and it’s not entirely bleak. There are touching moments and he even learns a bit about how to deal with the outside world while inside.
While it’s not a cheery subject by any means it is a fascinating read. Mar 12, Danny Tyran rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Early in his memoirs, T. Parsell doesn’t yet know that he is gay.
Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man’s Prison
He wondered about that, but he makes a young woman pregnant. He discovers his homosexuality in prison. The theme of his memoirs is entirely focused on his coming of age, his discovery of his homosexuality and his coming out. One day, he commits a crime: But US laws consider that even if the gun was a toy, Parsell nevertheless committed a robbery and he was sentenced and imprisoned for that crime. He is repeatedly raped in prison until Parwell Steps “offer” himself as his protector.
Later, at his final prison, Parsell meets Paul King and falls in love with him.
King teaches him how to survive in prison. At the end of his incarceration, Parsell returns home, continues his studies and becomes vice president of a computer firm.
He participates in many groups to help prisoners in general, but especially to teach them to avoid prison rapes. Subsequently, a law is passed allowing prisoners to denounce their rapists, which they could not do before. This is a good book, especially if you are interested in any aspect of homosexuality and sex among inmates. It offers an encouraging perspective in the sense that the author managed to get through it all and fared very well in his life outside jail.
Parsell is more educated, so he has a better grasp on English language. He even allows a few small jokes regarding how some prisoners talk, “But for the moment, I was preoccupied with trying to figure out paresll, don’t lose no good time was a triple negative, and if so, did that mean Parzell didn’t want to don’t lose no, or if I wanted to not don’t lose some? Bureau of Justice Statistics, we house 2.
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And an estimated Sexual violence is a crime that preys on the vulnerable. In some states, children as young as fourteen have been sentences to adult facilities, and in many cases, they fit the profile of likely sexual assault victims because they are small in stature and inexperienced in the ways of prisons. But they should care, because 95 percent of all prisoners are eventually released back into society, indelibly marked by the violence they have seen or experienced.
Perhaps I preferred it because I read it first. But I think this is mostly due to the fact that Sonny was first jailed when he was only eight years old without ever having committed a crime and his experience was so significant and brutal that he could not cope. He is seventy-two years old now and is living in a kind of hospital facility for inmates, which he’ll probably never get out of.
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I found “I Cried So I give “Fish” 4 stars. See other review here: View all 3 comments. Sep 17, Jay Bell rated it it was amazing. When I heard an interview with the author on BBC radio some years back, the concept of a gay man being behind bars intrigued me. Would he find it easier to cope with the sexual aspect of playing a boy to a man that protected him?
I finally got around to reading this book recently, and boy was it a much needed eye opener! What Tim went through, and what countless others go through while awaiting to be judged innocent or not, is sickening. And yet, the story also surprised with the occasional romantic moment.
I only wish that the more positive and willing sexual moments were described in as much detail as the rape scenes.
As many other reviewers have pointed out, the book is riddled with typos, especially the second half. None of them take away from the compelling story though. What led me this story was an interest in reading someone’s tale of surviving prison abuse. I didn’t pay much attention to the description of the book or its author. What I found was a truly emotional story about a young gay man who came from a dysfunctional family and made some very poor choices in life.
How the system treated him was shocking but not a total surprise. What he chose to do with himself during his incarceration and afterwards is inspiring. The graphic nature of the author’s story What led me this story was an interest in reading someone’s tale of surviving prison abuse. The graphic nature of the author’s storytelling may turn some parsell off but I thought it was necessary to paresll what jail life was like for him. Parsell for his endurance and ability to turn his negative situation into a way pafsell ultimately help others.
Dec 13, Cory rated it it was amazing. I parell completely sucked in and captivated from the start.
I had to keep reminding myself that this wasn’t fiction, which made some parts difficult to read as it really humanized it for me. I finished it this morning and I can’t stop thinking about it.
There are people that touched Parsell’s life in prison and I keep wondering ‘where are they now’? Very eye opening and thought provoking read! Apr 04, Gregory rated it liked it. Definitely a page turner. You cringe with what might come next. Yet, it is more the sick side of human nature that I found that I was curious about what comes next. You want something awful to happen so you can recoil and the difficulty as to which this man survived the experience.
As a true tale, you feel awful for the guy and can’t imagine what he went through. It was a really sad read but good. However, I felt like a voyeur – or a serf in medievil times willing going to the Town Square to wat Definitely a page turner. However, I felt like a voyeur – or a serf in medievil times willing going to the Town Square to watch someone be hanged.
I guess it revealed in me something I didn’t like about myself.