10th Annual International Prisoners Family Conference This year's conference was held in Dallas, Texas, October 10-12, 2018. Carolyn Esparza has been leading the way and bringing people together at every one of these conferences for the past 10 years! Her insight to the … [Read more...]
During the 15 years that my brother was incarcerated, I felt shame, frustration, and isolation. I will never forget the feeling of loss and helplessness the day he was sentenced and the first day I visited him in prison.
The posts below are part of My Story, where I will share some of my personal experiences in the hope that it will help others in a similar situation. I will add more as I can, but not in any particular order.
If you have visited a friend or family member in prison, you can share your story too. Your experiences can help others understand that they are not alone and what to expect when someone close is put behind bars. We also welcome input from corrections officers who have useful perspectives for visitors to their facilities.
The Felon Merry-Go-Round Sometimes I forget that I've ever been incarcerated or the felon merry-go-round that I've been on. When I'm feeding the chickens, tending to my vegetable garden, or doing the every day tasks it takes to keep my parents small farm running, it simply slips … [Read more...]
Julia Shares Her Victim to Hero Story International speaker, trainer, and digital media expert, Christina Aldan, interviewed Prison the Hidden Sentence's Julia Lazareck. Christina has a "Lucky Girl" podcast with a special "Transformational Series". She interviewed Julia … [Read more...]
At the Sentencing My Brother Was Given Life In Prison and It Changed My Life This is my story and my experience as someone who had a loved one sent to prison. The trial lasted a few hours and life changed in one moment during the sentencing: GUILTY and sentenced to … [Read more...]
The First Visit to Loved One In Prison: My Parents Son and My Brother We had no idea what to expect during our visit to our loved one in prison; my brother, their son. The first time my parents and I visited my brother in prison there was a wedding. It was Valentine’s Day, so … [Read more...]
Saturday Visit to my Brother During his Sixth Year of Incarceration I get to the prison at 8:10am for my Saturday visit. I enter the building. There are two female officers in the control room. They take no notice of me. There are supposed to be officers at the check-in … [Read more...]
Sunday Visit to my Brother During his Sixth Year of Incarceration Sunday Visit: I arrive at 8:00am today. There are already visitors waiting outside the office. The guards are changing shift and they walk by and say hello. One guard suggests that we sit in our car and wait … [Read more...]