An addiction to drugs lead to the honorably discharged veteran’s incarceration. While incarcerated, Colbert developed a passion for writing and has contributed to Port of Harlem since the May - October 2000 issue. In Port of Harlem, Colbert focuses on prison issues and provides an eyewitness look at life behind bars. In 2005, he studied journalism at Taylor University via a correspondence course.
His stage play, Skin Deep, won the 2002 WMAR-TV- Baltimore and Arena Players Drama Competition. In 2006, the Baltimore Screenplay Competition awarded him honorable mention for his screenplay, Paranoid.
Colbert is also a member of the Jessup Correctional Institute Incarcerated Veterans Group, which helps organize the prison's annual Walk-A-Thon fundraiser, has published an anthology of writings by veterans and works with the Veterans Against Drugs and Violence program.
Port Of Harlem
November 2011 - April 2012 Print Issue
Governor O’Malley and the Lifers Parole Bill
June 28 - July 11, 2012
October 30 - November 12, 2014
The House of Rubble (Jail Falls)
May 28 - June 10, 2015
Millennials: Prison, Race, and Church
January 07 - January 20, 2016
Criminal Justice System Reform: Thoughts from a Prisoner
May 12 - May 25, 2016
Kissing Free Zone
June 08 - June 21, 2017
In Prison, With Dad
August 30 – September 12, 2018
An Obama Legacy: Second Chance Pell Grant
May 9 – May 22, 2019
When is Enough, Enough?
October 24, 2014
Southern Maryland Newspapers
( A lot on their (license) plates) They Really are Made by Inmates )