We scattered Chris's ashes last week, after a small service of whānau and friends. He had lived with a strain of hepatitis normally passed around with a shared needle. How long it had been in his system, hard to tell, but the symptoms and treatment began eight years ago. He died in his 66th year from the complications that hepatitis induces. As a young Ngāi Tahu scholar gifted in English, Chris had a promising career as a journalist. A naive cannabis user, he was induced by an undercover policeman to supply LSD. Arrested, tried and sentenced, he experienced the degradation inherent in our penal system. Chris never fulfilled the promise of his early career and could never break free from his connection with the criminal world. The conviction closed opportunities, prison changed his personality.