In this interview, Juan Ortega talks about how he created his believable art while incarcerated and shares how much it helped him. He shares about his relationship with his family and how important communication is. Listen to or read his insightful words: Transcript: (edited for readability): “There’s no eraser anywhere that can erase the past, but there is a pencil that you can write your future with.” Julia: Hi Juan. Thanks for joining me here […]Read More
Hament Farmand: Advocate and Storyteller This is Julia with Prison: The Hidden Sentence ™ , and I’m at the 10th Annual International Prisoner’s Family Conference. I’m here with Hamed Farmand who is an advocate and storyteller. He is founder of Children of Imprisoned Parents International (COIPI). We had a nice opportunity to spend some time together and talk. Listen to the interview: (Edited for Readability) Julia: Hamed, it’s so wonderful to be sitting here with […]Read More
There’s a Secondary Stigma Just Knowing Somebody That’s Incarcerated We’re at the 10th Annual International Prisoners Family Conference and I’m here with Heather Moore. She is working on her thesis and has researched secondary stigma related to prison. Listen to interview here: Transcript (edited for readability): Julia: Heather, it’s just been so nice meeting you and hearing you talk and if you could just tell us a little bit about yourself and whatever you want to […]Read More
This is Julia with Prison: The Hidden Sentence™. I’m here today with Janet from Louisiana and she has a loved one who’s incarcerated. She’s become close with the family while her loved one, Jerome, is incarcerated, and talks about the Faces of Innocence. Janet is going to share with us how she’s been affected by his incarceration, as well as how it affects his children and other family members. “…they saw their dad coming down […]Read More
Families Outside is an organization in Scotland that provides support to children and families that have loved ones in the prison system. Laura van der Hoeven presented at the 10th annual International Prisoner’s Family Conference and provided insights on how prison visits are handled differently for families in Scotland and how Families Outside supports those children and families. Listen to the interview here: Transcript (minor edits for readability): Julia: I’m with Laura van der Hoeven […]Read More
Khalil Rushdan is with the Arizona ACLU and creates partnerships with community leaders and other organizations. He exemplifies someone who truly gives back to the community and helps others. Khalil’s life could’ve taken a different turn, however he’s taken his life experiences and turned them into positive forward movement for himself and the communities he serves. Listen to interview here: Transcript (minor edits for readability): Julia: Khalil, thanks for joining me. Could tell me a […]Read More
Having Both Parents Incarcerated Led To a Career in Understanding and Helping Others Julia, CEO and founder of Prison: The Hidden Sentence™, met Bree in Las Vegas a few years ago. This interview took place in Dallas at the International Prisoners’ Family Conference. Bree recently graduated from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and is currently a professor at Wichita State University. She’s originally from Nevada, and her childhood was not the traditional or […]Read More
Hi. This is Julia with “Prison: the Hidden Sentence”. And I’m at the International Prisoners Family Conference and I’m sitting here with Dawn, who wants to share a great story with us. Dawn, thank for joining me. (Minor edits for readability) Dawn: Thank you for asking me. This is my first time at this conference and really talking about my story publicly. Julia: You were telling me that you’re involved with several agencies and […]Read More
Julia: This is Julia with Prison: The Hidden Sentence™. I’m here at the International Prisoners Family Conference with Ron and Cathy Tijerina from the RIDGE Project. Their program is called Tyro and is instrumental family reunification and in reducing recidivism. Thank you so much for joining me here today. This has been such a great conference. It’s day three. You can listen to the interview here: (Minor edits for readability) Ron: And to be here […]Read More
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