Based on the book, Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man's Prison.
Fish tells the story of a 17-year-old boy sent to an adult prison for robbing a photomat with a toy gun. Fish is a coming of age story set inside the very prison Director T.J. Parsell was housed in over thirty years ago.
Late adolescence is a period when teens struggle with issues of identity, sexuality, separation from family and figuring out where and how they'll fit in the world. Inside a maximum security prison, many of those definitions are greatly distorted. FISH is a survival story, about how a boy learns to become a man inside the psycho-sexual power dynamics of a U.S. male prison.
Teens housed in adult prisons are at greater risk of suicide, sexual assault, and of being groomed to become more violent criminals. Yet T.J. Parsell found love, self-acceptance, and ultimately redemption.
Fish is a story of hope, love and transcendence of the human spirit. It's about finding freedom and liberation in the most unlikely place.