Disclosing a Criminal Past
Posted 7/19/2015 by Mark Miclette
Yesterday, on Thursday, July 9th at 7:00pm, I participated in a special program with a local radio and television station, WHUR, HUR-Voices, and WHUT-TV. We had a thought provoking conversation about how to combat youth violence. The panel discussion...
Aging Out of Crime
Posted 6/30/2015 by Mark Miclette
I was pondering whether or not it is true that people age out of crime. Does serving a lengthy prison sentence make people stop committing crimes once they get out?
I asked Sean Thompson-El, a 50-year-old Criminal Justice major who is a Graduate s...
Life on Parole
Posted 6/28/2015 by Mark Miclette
Imagine what it would be like if you had to account to someone regarding every aspect of your life, forever. What if you had to send someone proof of employment once a month? Imagine how it would feel to have someone visit your home monthly to verify...
Abandoning My Children When I Was Incarcerated
Posted 6/24/2015 by Mark Miclette
Sometimes I wonder if I will ever get over the grief and shame of abandoning my children for 18 years when I was incarcerated. When I went away, my son was 10 months old and my daughter was three years old. By the time I was released, they were young...
Prison Families: A Survival Strategy for Incarcerated Women
Posted 6/14/2015 by Mark Miclette
Last weekend I stayed in a vacation rental in the Poconos with 10 women I had served time with. In total, we served over 140 years in prison. Being with them brought so much joy to my heart. I was so excited I barely slept because I didn’t want to mi...
Love Inside and Outside of Prison
Posted 6/7/2015 by Mark Miclette
For the past six months I have been in a long distance relationship with the man of my dreams. I only get to see him every three to four weeks. Either I fly to his city, or he flies to mine. Sometimes we drive and meet one another at a halfway point....
Should Pell Educational Grants be reinstated for Prisoners?
Posted 6/1/2015 by Mark Miclette
It’s possible that educational Pell grants will be given to prisoners again on a limited basis. They were awarded in the past, but during the Clinton administration there was a change in policy and those grants to inmates were eliminated. I was recen...