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Prison Families Hug

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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Family Supports Incarcerated Daughter

By Editor / 07/21/2018 / 0 Comments

Family Support for Incarcerated Daughter

A couple of years ago our daughter did get out, and nobody wanted to even recognize her because she was a felon…and that’s a shame.


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Today I’m here today with a couple who had an incarcerated daughter.[Read More...]

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Step-Daughter Incarcerated

By Editor / 05/20/2018 / 0 Comments

Step-daughter in and out of prison

When somebody goes into prison, it affects the whole family.


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Today I’m here with Annabel who has a step-daughter that was in and out of the prison system for many years.[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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Clear CES Backpacks

By Editor / 01/08/2018 / 0 Comments

Clear Backpacks at Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

www.prisonthhiddensentence.comThe CES show is held in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 9-12, 2018. This is the go-to show for people around the world who are interested in the newest, coolest, upcoming, electronic gadgets. They get to preview tv’s, computers, robots, electronics and smart technology  before they hit the market.… [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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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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Prepare for Visiting Prison

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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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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Son Arrested at Home

My son was arrested at home

By Editor / 10/18/2016 / 0 Comments

I’m here with Myra and her son was arrested at home over eight years ago, and she’s never forgotten the site of having her son arrested and being taken away.

During that time she’s actually taken a positive twist to having a son in prison and using her legal background to help others.   … [Read More...]

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Volunteers of America For Prisoner Families

By Editor / 08/04/2016 / 0 Comments

Volunteers of America Support Info for Children with an Incarcerated Parent, Prisoner Families and the Community

The article below was submitted by Alanna Norman, Communications Coordinator for Volunteers of America Indiana.  Volunteers of America provides support programs including housing and senior care to people across America and have helped prisoner families.  … [Read More...]

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Foster child visits parent in prison

Social Worker Can Bring Children To Visit Parent in Prison

By Editor / 03/09/2016 / 0 Comments

Foster child visits parent in prison

Social worker can bring a child in foster care to visit their parent(s) in prison

I am a Family Services Case Worker, also known as a Social Worker.  I have a caseload of children in foster care and also have relationships with their parents and sometimes they have a parent in prison. … [Read More...]

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Son In Prison

Son in Prison

By Editor / 05/09/2015 / 4 Comments


My son is in prison

My son wasn’t living with us at the time; we had kicked him out of the house 2-3 weeks prior. He moved in with a friend down the street: he was 17. I was happy he was down the street, but I had no idea he had a drug problem.… [Read More...]

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Rules for Visiting and Identification

By Editor / 02/16/2015 / 0 Comments

Typically persons 12 years and older must provide picture identification. Check with the facility that you are visiting to confirm what the required age is to provide picture identification.

britannica_prisonWhen you arrive at the facility you may need to wait in line to be processed in.… [Read More...]

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Vehicle Parking at the Prison Facility

By Editor / 02/04/2015 / 0 Comments

guard-houseThe facility should provide a parking area free of charge. Be mindful that even though your car may be locked, all vehicles are subject to search. Make sure there is nothing that can be construed as contraband in your car. It is also a good idea to not have valuables in the car and if you do, lock them in the vehicle’s trunk.… [Read More...]

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Prison Dress Code: What to Wear When Visiting a Loved One In Prison

Prison Dress Code: What to Wear When Visiting a Loved One

By Editor / 01/19/2015 / Comments Off on Prison Dress Code: What to Wear When Visiting a Loved One

Prison Dress CodeVisiting a Loved One: Prison Dress Code

Most facilities have a dress code so you should know what is acceptable to wear when visiting a loved one in prison. Make sure that you know the facility’s rules for acceptable clothing. Yes, there is such a thing as prison dress code!… [Read More...]

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