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Missing Phyllis Hardy: Remembering a Senior Citizen in Prison

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and as the Christmas holiday draws near, I can’t help but think about a women I left behind in federal prison. When I was incarcerated the most exciting time during this time of year was New Year’s Eve. That day marks... Read more

Is the Search for Happiness after Incarceration Harder?

Someone asked me recently, “How are Returning Citizens different from the ordinary person in regard to the search for happiness?” Happiness is one of the most important elements of existence. One doesn’t have to be incarcerated to experience poverty,... Read more

Searching for Happiness after Incarceration

I just had my 41st birthday this week and it’s been very challenging. I had many friends try to get me out of the house to celebrate, but I just wasn’t in the mood. If there is one thing I have learned over the past three years it’s that you can neve... Read more

How Long Does it Take to Reintegrate After incarceration? Is There An Answer?

I am perplexed by the daunting question of how much time it takes to reintegrate after prison. Maybe there is no concrete answer and it’s purely subjective. I find myself asking many of my acquaintances to answer this question. Today I spoke to a ... Read more

After Prison, How Much Help Is Too Little or Too Much?

I spent some time talking to a dear friend who spent 20 years in prison. When he became incarcerated he was 20 years old. He has been home for five years. We spoke at length about how long it takes a person to reintegrate after incarceration. It was ... Read more

Is Life After Prison More Challenging for Men or Women?

I ambivalent about whether or not reentry is more difficult for men than it is for women. Maybe the question is not whether it’s more difficult, but how is it different for men than women Many incarcerated individuals have suffered trauma due to a... Read more

My Brother Was Robbed and I Started Questioning Everything

When I was preparing to be released from incarceration I decided to relocate. Rather than return to the District of Columbia where I was born and raised, I made plans to go to Richmond, Virginia to live with my daughter. There’s a saying, “If you wan... Read more

What is Reentry Like for Recovering Drug Addicts?

Yesterday I spend some time with the women currently housed at the Reentry Sanctions Center (RSC), a program that is overseen by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) for the District of Columbia. The RSC is a residential program... Read more