Cartoons from…Prison.

Via Lynn Hasselberger
on Aug 30, 2011
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My brother is in prison and this post is from his blog, which has since been taken down because it led to him being put in solitary confinement for 30 days. ~Lynn

I’m working on a series of cartoons depicting interesting residents of the linden medical unit here at Faribault Correctional. This post is dedicated to the hard-working Linden unit C.O.’s and Health services staff at MCF-Faribault who have to deal with these wackos on a daily basis and also to the inmate aids who do a thankless job.

Mr. Spillman is a long-term resident of this unit. he is moist most of the time and has been seen walking around naked from the waist down demanding three blue diapers. He killed his wife and daughters then failed to successfully take his own life by a gunshot to the head.

Mr. Jones is an ancient (79) heroin addict and he hates white people. He should be in a shelter, not a prison. Mr. Jones gets a supplemental bag at chow and he shouts through the food port, “Ey, lemme git dat bag, don’t be playin’ no games, ya hillbilly.”

Mr. Kelly is a child molester who can barely read or write. From what I hear the reason his head is permanently tilted to the right is due to an enraged father striking him with a 2×4 and then burying the nasty end of a clawhammer in his skull. He gets out December of 2011. He likes to check the vending machines for change.

I am Mr. Mangens’ wheelchair pusher. He is called chicken wing because of the way he hold his arm due to a stroke. He does not regularly shower and occasionally will wash his hair in the toilet. He sleeps in his clothes and recently got off the stool, turned around as a piece of shit rolled off his ass, down his pants, sock and shoe, he then stepped in the turd, returned to his room and hopped into bed with his dirty clothes still on. It took four days to convince him to shower and change pants. I wear latex exam gloves to push him to dining hall.

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About Lynn Hasselberger

Lynn Hasselberger is co-founder of GDGD Radio; The Green Divas Managing Editor; and Producer of The Green Divas Radio Show. She's also a mom, writer and award-winning cat-herder who lives in Chicagoland. Sunrises, running, yoga, lead-free chocolate and comedy are just a few of her fave things. In her rare moments of spare time, she blogs at and A treehugger and social media addict, you'll most likely find Lynn on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr @GreenDivaLynn & @myEARTH360), instagram and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking. Like her writing? Subscribe to her posts.


12 Responses to “Cartoons from…Prison.”

  1. Great drawing. Reminds me of R. Crumb's style and a little bit of Joe Sacco's.

  2. Thanks for checking it out, James. There's a ton more artwork posted on his blog at

  3. Aunt Lynne says:

    Amazing drawings. Those and the commentaries explaining them, give one much to think about. It puts names and faces to inmates that David interacts with each day. Wow! thanks for sharing them with us.

  4. Roxe says:

    Lynn my brother is in prison too and often very negative .Yes ourlegal system sucks , it is all based on punishment etc. that is how our society views how to deal with the criminal element etc. my mother and I are all forrestorative justice etc. but my brother sees himself as victim he honestly does not see any difference between himself and say David Milgaard ! my brother made choices and now he is upset he is getting treated badly , not given his parole hearing etc. and yes he deserves his hearing and a lawyer , they are messing with him that is clear as day but then he gets into an angry rage because he feels he should not be there he does not see th why he is there in the first place .
    He like your brother has found a positive outlet , he gardens , he is blessed perhaps to be in a Canadian system , which is still lacking big time . society really seems to feel if you lock angry people up in a box and let them sit thinking within their own angry mind they will come out and be beautiful happy giving individuals , okay I just have to chuckle at the stupidity sometimes , we have to have humour in the serious . perhaps your brother will keep it up .
    Thanks so much for sharing

  5. Thanks, Roxe. So true that locking up these people + treating them like crap with the intent on letting them out one day to be a normal part of society is ludicrous. Fortunately there are people and organizations out there working to change the system–better food, more sunlight, even yoga classes. But the argument against that is the people who got themselves into prison don't deserve decent treatment. Great that your brother gardens 🙂 I sure hope mine keeps up with these types of drawings instead of the darker ones. But, I suppose they need to express themselves. Cheers! Lynn

  6. Thanks for checking them out, Aunt Lynne. A reprieve from the darker stuff. Hope he keeps this going! xo

  7. marco says:

    I was going to say the same thing as James…great artwork, reminds me robert crumb…thanks for sharing these…in that vain "keep on truckin".

  8. Claudia says:

    Yeah agree amazing drawing, some talent!

  9. Thanks, Marco! Appreciate you checking it out and taking the time to comment. Hope he keeps up this kind of work. Cheers!

  10. Thanks for checking it out Claudia! Cheers to you 🙂

  11. Thanks so much, Don, for checking it out and taking the time to comment. Cheers!

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