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Women, Re-entry and Everyday Life: Time to Work?

Yesterday I attended a training with the theme of women and reentry entitled, Women, Re-entry and Everyday Life: Time to Work? Dr. Venezia Michalsen facilitated the event. The training was based on a research study conducted by the Women’s Prison Ass... Read more

A Long-Awaited Visit to a Mother In Prison

I took a young man to visit his mother who is serving 36 years in Federal Prison. Jamilla, the mother, has been incarcerated for 15 years. Her son Carter is now 18 years old. I was motivated to take Carter to visit his mom because over the past tw... Read more

Life in Transition: A Year after D.C. Bans the Box video

Video: View it here  For an update on progress nationally, according to “Campaign’s Success to Date: Today over 45 cities and counties, including New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Seattle, and ... Read more

My Experience With Unicor Prison Industries

The other day I was reflecting on my personal experience with Unicor Industries, better known as Prison factories. I worked in Unicor several times while I was incarcerated in FCI Danbury and earned enough money to purchase my own commissary items su... Read more

Wrongful Convictions: Innocent People Serving Time

Lately I’ve been watching videos about the exoneration of Derrick Wheat, Laurese Glover and Eugene Johnson, three young men recently released after serving 20 years in prison for a murder they didn’t commit. Their release has piqued my curiosity and ... Read more

Coping with Mother’s Day When You Have Been Incarcerated

Around the time of Mother’s Day, I can’t help but reflect on my anti-social responses to such events. During my incarceration I learned to accept my inability to be with my family during special occasions. In fact, I became complacent, maybe even num... Read more

Trauma in Prison and in Reentry

Yesterday I went into the Correctional Treatment Facility (C.T.F.) to meet with the women incarcerated there who are preparing for reentry. I met with about 30 women in two housing units to share information with them about the reentry support servic... Read more

Women Serving LIFE Behind Bars

I had dinner with my God-Mother today. When I was incarcerated she was my prison mother. She practically raised me. She shared a website with me of a non-profit foundation known as CAN-DO. They advocate for clemency. “Honey the stories of these women... Read more