Patrick Irving

Patrick Irving writes from the Idaho Maximum Security Institution, often cramped behind his desk, on the starboard side of the toilet, not infrequently rubbing shoulders while his cellie is taking the throne. It’s from this desk that he publishes the First Amend This! newsy, which offers a monthly look into Idaho’s prison system and provides him with an outlet to seek “spEcial forMs oF recoUrse.” His experimental advocacy model–developed and refined with the help of his father–can be studied along with the scope of his work at

In November 2022, Mr. Irving published an article in the New York Times entitled “Prisoners Like Me Are Being Held Hostage to Price Hikes.” Read the article at, and learn more about his process of getting published at