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Prison Families Anonymous

By GDW Editor / 03/05/2019 / 0 Comments

I interviewed Barbara Allen at the International Prisoners Family Conference. She is the founder of Prison Families Anonymous and has been supporting prisoners’ families for over 50 years. You can listen to her story here.

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Julia:                     Barbara was one of the many key speakers on the first day of the International Prisoners Family Conference.… [Read More...]

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2019 Is Here and We’re Ready!

By Editor / 12/31/2018 / 0 Comments
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We’re saying goodbye to 2018 and rolling in 2019. We believe 2019 is going to be the step-up year! Making positive changes one step at a time!

Prison: The Hidden Sentence™ posted our first story, “Visiting Your loved One in Prison – What you should know”, in January of 2015.  We’ve learned a lot since then and we’ve been delivering on our mission to raise awareness on the affects of incarceration on families, children, and communities, to humanize the prison family.  It’s not just someone “over there” or “them”, it’s right here and it could happen to you, and it affects all of us.… [Read More...]

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FFIP Holiday Party

By Editor / 12/23/2018 / 0 Comments
FFIP Holiday Party
Julia Lazareck, FFIP President, welcomes everyone while Santa greets professional pianist Whitney Phoenix and actress/singer Marianne LeMoine.
FFIP Holiday Party

Friends and Family of Incarcerated Persons, Inc. (FFIP) is a non-profit organization that provides support to people who have loved ones in the prison system.  Support is provided through meetings, communication, education and events like the annual FFIP Holiday Party.  The FFIP Holiday Party provides a safe environment for family members to come together and celebrate the holidays with others who understand and support each other.… [Read More...]

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Tough Love for Sons in Prison

By Editor / 11/27/2018 / 2 Comments

 Sons In Prison at 16 Years Old

“We got a call in the middle of the night from the sheriff that they were arresting him for being under the influence of drugs. We went to where they were arresting him to talk to the police officers and then they took him to jail.”


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PTHS:  I’m here today with Marie who has had two sons that were incarcerated.… [Read More...]

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Underwire Bra Dilemma

By Editor / 12/08/2018 / 1 Comment

Visitor’s Cannot Wear Underwire Bra

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If you are a woman, could you imagine being turned away from visiting your loved one because of the type of bra you’re wearing?  Well nowadays you can be turned away from a visit if you are wearing an underwire bra.… [Read More...]

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One Empty Seat at Thanksgiving

By Editor / 11/20/2018 / 0 Comments

Our First Thanksgiving Without Him

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My brother was missing from the Thanksgiving table that year.  Several weeks before, he was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.  He was still being processed, so we didn’t know where he was going to be sent, we didn’t know when we’d be approved to visit him, and we didn’t know when we’d be able to visit him.… [Read More...]

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By Editor / 11/03/2018 / 2 Comments

Nicole Richardson – Poet at the International Prisoners Family Conference and Beyond!

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The 10th annual InterNational Prisoners Family Conference was held October 10-12 in Dallas, Texas.  One of the bright lights in the conference were readings from the poetry of Nicole Richardson.  Her writings are compelling and draw you in and you’ll want to hear more!… [Read More...]

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Prison Reform: Why should YOU care?

By Editor / 09/02/2018 / 0 Comments

Event to Discuss Prison Reform

If you are anywhere near St. Augustine, Florida, on September 9, this is the event to attend! The event begins at 5pm at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe. There will be a discussion of prison reform and the effects of prison on families and communities.… [Read More...]

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Sons Coming Home From Prison

By Editor / 08/22/2018 / 1 Comment

Re-entry after 37 Years in Prison

Can you imagine what it would be like having your sons coming home from prison after 37 years? I spoke to a very special lady who has done so much to support her sons and others traversing the prison system.… [Read More...]

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Straight Talk

By Editor / 07/29/2018 / 1 Comment

Straight Talk with Lawrence Weekly

Julia, Prison: The Hidden Sentence TM  (PTHS) founder, is getting the word out about organizations that are providing support to people with loved ones in the prison system.  She was interviewed by Clark County’s Commissioner Lawrence Weekly on the Straight Talk radio show on FM Power 88.1 .  Commissioner Weekly is very involved in his community and provides important information to his constituents and it was an honor for Julia to be on his show.… [Read More...]

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Brain-Damaged Son in Prison

By Editor / 07/13/2018 / 1 Comment

No Rights for Parents with Brain-Damaged Son in Prison

prisonthehiddensentence.comThis is an unfortunate story that needs to be shared about a family’s journey through the trials and tribulations of having a son in prison. The difference here is that there are no rights for parents with brain-damaged son in prison. … [Read More...]

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Mother With Two Sons in Prison

By Editor / 06/27/2018 / 1 Comment

Two Sons in Prison’m a 59 year old mother with two sons in prison.  One has been gone for 18 years and the other for 19 years.  One  is 37 and the other turned 39 today. I’ve been holding the pain in for many years and today I heard the pain and hurt in my son’s voice.… [Read More...]

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Elderly and Terminally Ill in Prison

By Editor / 06/26/2018 / 0 Comments

Aging in Prison for the Elderly and Terminally Ill

prisonthehiddensentence.comDealing with an elderly parent with Alzheimer’s and having a brother that passed away in prison from a terminal illness, has made me pay more attention to articles and information about people in prison that are elderly and terminally ill. … [Read More...]

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Pennsylvania Support Group

By Editor / 06/24/2018 / 0 Comments

Pennsylvania Support Group for Family & Friends of Prisoners

This Pennsylvania Support Group was started my lovely cousin decided to get himself into a pickle and get placed in a state prison on a three-strike rule. I was so mad at him that I didn’t want to talk to him or have anything to do with him.… [Read More...]

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Mother Waiting for her Son

By Editor / 03/27/2018 / 5 Comments

I’m a Mother Waiting for her Son to Come Home

My story is the story of a mother who spent hours waiting for her son to finish his piano lesson, to finish his swimming lesson, to finish his karate lesson and to finish his professional goal-keeping training.… [Read More...]

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Faces of Mass Incarceration Documentary and Panel Discussion

By Editor / 04/16/2018 / 0 Comments

Prison the Hidden Sentence™: The Effects of Mass Incarceration on Families

prisonthehiddensentence.comPrison the Hidden Sentence™ and Friends and Family of Incarcerated Persons (FFIP) sponsored the “Faces of Mass Incarceration” documentary and panel discussion at UNLV’s Radical Consciousness Conference on April 13, 2018. … [Read More...]

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The Effects of Mass Incarceration on Families

By Editor / 03/25/2018 / 0 Comments

Prison the Hidden Sentence™: The Effects of Mass Incarceration on Families

prisonthehiddensentence.comPrison the Hidden Sentence™ and Friends and Family of Incarcerated Persons (FFIP) are sponsoring two sessions at UNLV’s Radical Consciousness Conference on April 13, 2018, 9am – 3:30pm.  More information about the event can be found at

Since the 1980s, U.S.… [Read More...]

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National Prisoner Family Month

By Editor / 02/25/2018 / 0 Comments

www.prisonthehiddensentence.comMental Health Awareness & National Prisoner Family Months Together in May 2018

It is no coincidence National Prisoner Family Month is scheduled for the same month as the long established Mental Health Month — MAY!  The scheduling is intentional.

For decades criminal justice advocates have implored the public to recognize a very important fact:  the vast majority of prisoners not only need mental health intervention, but can and will substantially benefit from mental health intervention.… [Read More...]

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Holiday Table Empty Chair

By Editor / 12/04/2017 / 0 Comments

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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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 / 3 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.

Listen to interview here:


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I’m the youngest of three.… [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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InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference 2017

By Editor / 05/08/2017 / 0 Comments

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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