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Holiday Table Empty Chair

By Editor / 12/04/2017 / 0 Comments

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The Empty Chair at the Holiday Table

The Holiday season is upon us and many people have an empty chair at their holiday table. At this time, when the weather turns chilly and we move indoors to enjoy the warmth and safety of our homes and the closeness of family and friends, I am acutely aware of those not so fortunate: people who are out in the elements, either because of dire financial situations or mental and addictive illness.… [Read More...]

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My Prison Pen Pal

By Editor / 11/21/2017 / 0 Comments

Why I became a Prison Pen Pal

Prison the Hidden SentenceMy becoming a prison pen pal to Harold was meant to be. It was the second week of October, in the evening and I was watching a show on a channel I wasn’t even supposed to be getting as part of my TV viewing package.… [Read More...]

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Hope for Bug at his Parole Hearing

By Editor / 11/12/2017 / 0 Comments

Bug’s Parole Hearing

Bug’s Background

My lil’ brother, Bug, was arrested at 16-years-old and convicted of second degree murder and given a twenty to life sentence. Bug has done a majority of his time at Pelican Bay for the exception of being transferred to Calipatria in Southern California. … [Read More...]

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Family Shocked With Guilty Verdict

By Editor / 11/02/2017 / 4 Comments

Cold Case Murder Reopened

Today I’m here with Kristal who has a really interesting story she wants to tell us about and what she’s gone through having her brother in prison.

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Providing a Second Chance to Felons

By Editor / 12/19/2017 / 0 Comments

www.prisonthehiddensentence.comIngrid Deserves a Second Chance

Ingrid Lederhaas provided us with a link to her article posted in the Huffington Post, “As A White-Collar Criminal, All I Want Is A Second Chance”. She tells about how she ended up in prison, and how all she wants is a second chance:

Three years ago, I made a colossal mistake that changed my life forever.

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26 Years in a Steel Cage

26 Years in a Steel Cage

By Editor / 09/16/2017 / 0 Comments

He’s Still Not a White Man

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Just take a second and imagine what it would be like to be incarcerated since 1991. Some of you weren’t even born yet! Think of all of the changes in the world since then that you’d get to see, but not touch or be a part of.… [Read More...]

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Prison Connections – No shame in having a loved one in prison

By Editor / 09/10/2017 / 4 Comments

No More Shame in Having Prison Connections

Prison the Hidden SentenceFor those of you who forgot that the incarcerated humans in this country are indeed just that – human – I’d like you to think on this the next time you talk about “inmates, criminals, convicts, etc.”

These humans have families and those who love them, despite whatever they did.… [Read More...]

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Prison Visits are Precious Times

Prison Visits are Precious Times

By Editor / 08/11/2017 / 0 Comments

We Have Learned that Prison Visits are Precious Time

Prison Visits are Precious TimesVisiting a prison was never what I imagined would be a part of my life – yet here I am, a “regular”. My first visit was about 6 ½ years ago when a woman I met asked if I would like to meet her husband who was serving a life sentence.… [Read More...]

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Incarceration Affected His Life

How Incarceration Affected My Life

By Editor / 08/11/2017 / 0 Comments

Incarceration Affected My Life, My Family and My Friends

Today’s story is from Karl who is sharing how incarceration affected his life and how he made it through the arrest, incarceration, and release through the love and support of his friends and family.… [Read More...]

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Not Everyone is Free on Independence Day

By Editor / 07/04/2017 / 0 Comments

Independence Day – Land of the Free?

Human Rights Defense Center produces the Prison Legal News and provides information for people involved in the criminal justice system. Whether you are an inmate, family member, friend or professional, the articles are filled with helpful information.… [Read More...]

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Caged:  When the Iron House Doors Open

By Editor / 07/02/2017 / 7 Comments

Coming Home

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After years of waiting and counting down, it is almost time for the gates on the Iron House to open and your loved one to step through and come home. Your greatest dream and your worst nightmare are about to be realized…yes, it is your loved one and no, you don’t know this person anymore.… [Read More...]

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The Kenneth Hunt Story

By Editor / 06/26/2017 / 0 Comments

How Kenneth Hunt was convicted of 3rd-degree burglary and received a death sentence by his wife and her boyfriend

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Kenneth Hunt was no stranger to incarceration. He had spent half of his 27 years behind bars. Doing time was not a problem for him.… [Read More...]

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Corrections Officer or Convict?

By Editor / 06/18/2017 / 0 Comments

Interview with Corrections Officer T

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Officer T’s Story

Looking at this picture it would be difficult for most people to determine if he’s a Corrections Officer or a Convict? Well Officer T is a Corrections Officer and has been gracious enough to share insights into how he interacts with inmates and families in the prisons and jails that he’s worked in.… [Read More...]

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Brother Died in Prison

My Brother Died in Prison

By Editor / 06/13/2017 / 0 Comments

My Brother Died in Prison Five Years Ago

It’s been five years since my brother died in prison from Hepatitis C. When I went to visit him that last time I didn’t know it was terminal. He was unrecognizable to me.… [Read More...]

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InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference 2017

By Editor / 05/08/2017 / 0 Comments
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Ninth Annual InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference 2017

Anyone who has passion, concern, and a sense of accountability for our society in the United States would benefit from this conference.  There is a group of hidden people in our society who need visibility and the conference provides this.… [Read More...]

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Tips to Navigate the Prison System

Tips to Navigate the Prison System

By Editor / 04/28/2017 / 0 Comments

Breaking Free: Tips to Navigate the Prison System

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While it appears on the surface that society as a whole looks down on prisoners and their families, they represent a significant portion of the population. More than 2 million people are held in American prisons, jails and correctional facilities.

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What to Bring and Wear When Visiting Prison

By Editor / 04/16/2017 / 28 Comments

What You Can Bring and Wear When Visiting Your Loved One in Prison

During the 15 years that my brother was in prison he was in at least five different facilities.  It didn’t matter if I was visiting the same facility or a different facility, no two visits were the same. … [Read More...]

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Post-Prison Recovery

By Editor / 03/05/2017 / 2 Comments

The Importance of Making Your Loved-Ones Active in Post-Prison Recovery

Prison is very difficult for the individuals going to prison as well as their time spent in prison and their post-prison recovery. Yet, what’s not often talked about is how the family feels about it.… [Read More...]

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InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference 10th Anniversary

By Editor / 09/19/2018 / 0 Comments

The 10th Annual InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference

prison the hidden sentenceThe 10th Annual InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference will be held October 10-12, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.  Just ten years ago, this conference was only an IDEA bounced around with a few like-minded friends until we took a deep breath and made a very bold step of faith to activate that idea solely on the “Field of Dreams Principle:” Build it and they will come! [Read More...]

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InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference

By Editor / 03/11/2017 / 0 Comments

The 9th Annual InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference

www.prisonthehiddensentence.comThe 9th Annual InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference will be held May 3 – 5, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.  Just nine years ago, this conference was only an IDEA bounced around with a few like-minded friends until we took a deep breath and made a very bold step of faith to activate that idea solely on the “Field of Dreams Principle:” Build it and they will come! [Read More...]

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Mom and Dad in Prison – Yvonne Part 2

By Editor / 02/21/2017 / 0 Comments

What it’s like to have your Mom and Dad in Prison when there’s nobody to take care of the family

In Part 1 of Yvonne’s story she spoke of her dad being in prison. In Part 2 of that interview, Yvonne described what it was like having a mom and dad in prison and taking care of her siblings.… [Read More...]

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Career Criminal Dad – Yvonne Part 1

By Editor / 02/05/2017 / 0 Comments

Yvonne’s dad was in and out of prison most of her life. He was a career criminal dad. Yvonne spent many years visiting her dad and taking care of the family when there were no other adults around.

This is a two-part interview.… [Read More...]

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10 Years in Prison

My son was arrested and spent 10 years in prison

By GDW Editor / 09/05/2016 / 11 Comments

Wendi’s son was arrested and spent 10 years in prison.   She shares her story about what it was like when her son was arrested, the court sentence, driving him to prison to serve his sentence and the things she learned during the 10 years he spent in prison. She also shares the joy of what it was like the day he was released from prison.… [Read More...]

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