Chandra Bozelko

Founder and writer of Prison Diaries, the 2016 Webby Award Honoree and Winner of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists' 2016 blog contest

The first inmate to write a newspaper column from behind bars, Chandra Bozelko isn't your typical ex-con. Convicted of thirteen felonies that remain on appeal, Chandra served six years, three months and eleven days at the maximum-security York Correctional Institution in Niantic, Connecticut, the state's only women's facility. When she was released in March 2014, she continued the column, dubbed "Prison Diaries" by its first home, the New Haven Independent, but as a blog. Prison Diaries' new home is

Many people have referred to Chandra as the "new Piper Kerman" or the "real Orange Is the New Black" because she came from a relatively privileged background, graduating from Princeton University.

She now represents herself in her appeals.