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Lashonia Etheridge-Bey Videos on Crime, Prison and Reentry

The Prison Dilemma, a video project exploring mass incarceration and the movement for criminal justice reform, has released two new video documentaries on Lashonia Etheridge-Bey. Part One: Lashonia discusses how she lost herself to a life of crime... Read more

A Male View: Traumatic Incarceration and Reentry

My younger brother Spanky served 12 years in prison. He is now in the thick of the reentry process. I often wonder how it must feel for him to be sleeping on the couch in his older sister’s apartment. He has never held down a steady, living wage job ... Read more

Drug Abuse, Criminality and Recovery

I have been reflecting on drug abuse and criminality over the last few days. When I was incarcerated I saw countless women recycled throughout the prison system on violations due to relapse and probation/parole violations. Today I often see many of t... Read more

Honoring Formerly Incarcerated Individuals at CSOSA

Yesterday I attended a Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) award ceremony in Washington, D.C. for Returning Citizens who are making strides to successfully reintegrate and for mentors who are working tirelessly to make a positive d... Read more

Family Reunification after Incarceration

Some people say that when you are incarcerated you have to learn to live inside the prison walls and leave the outside world on the outside. The funny thing is that life on the outside goes on without you and you find yourself grasping for a glimpse ... Read more

Incarcerated Women’s Mental Health Challenges

Prior to my incarceration, I had little or no knowledge about mental health conditions that adversely impact women, such as Bulimia, Anorexia, and Cutting. To be honest, I learned what little I did know from various television and talk shows. There w... Read more

Handling Death after Incarceration

It was in February 2015 that I lost my niece. She was 41 years old. We were more like sisters because we were born one month apart. My family members tell stories about how babysitting me and my niece (my oldest sister’s daughter) was like babysittin... Read more

Women in Reentry – Beatrice Codianni – Teresa Guidice’s Bust

Beatrice Codianni is a 66-year-old woman who served 15 years in prison after her conviction for Racketeering. She was a well-known gang leader who was released in 2008 from FCI Danbury. She went on to successfully reintegrate into the community becom... Read more