January 2013 A new year
Security Level Change
Last year the security level on Brandon's honor yard was lowered from a Level IV to a Level III. As a result of the change, inmates are allowed out of their cells for more hours a day, a good thing, but it ups the the noise level to a constant shouting racket. Silence is something that most people take for granted until they lose it and discover how precious it was.
The lowered security level also brought a new privilege - access to the outside yard at night. For the first time since 1995, Brandon was allowed to go outside and look up at the stars. He is happy to see them again.
During the day, in a shared 9 x 12 cell, Brandon paints with supplies purchased from donations. He's appreciates being allowed to have them. He uses this creative outlet is an anchor for his sanity.
In September, Brandon's family, friends and supporters turned out for his first ever art show in Malibu. It was a tremendous success. Having spent nearly 18 years of his life in a maximum security prison, Brandon pours the years of loss and sadness onto his canvases as a means of therapy. While his art is not hearts and flowers, it is raw and truthful. Art show attendees responded to his clear, individual, artistic voice.
This new year begins like years passed - with hope for Brandon's release. We love him and will never stop working on his behalf. Thank you, as always, for your emails of support and encouragement. They mean a lot to all of us.
Gene and Janice Hein
Visit Heinsight, an art store maintained by The Friends of Brandon Hein. Many of you have been asking for this and now you can view Brandon's work and purchase it on prints, stretched canvas, iPhone covers, tees, hoodies and more.