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Both Parents Incarcerated

By Editor / 05/15/2019 / 0 Comments

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 […]

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Life Inside Out

By Editor / 01/29/2019 / 0 Comments

48 Years Ago and Counting I unlocked the car door and watched my husband come through the gate, leaving razor wire and prison walls behind. Older, grayer, thinner, more reserved, more watchful; his face softened as he caught sight of me. He began his long walk across the prison parking lot toward freedom, “Re-entry” and […]

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INTERNATIONAL PRISONERS FAMILY CONFERENCE – NICOLE RICHARDSON

By Editor / 11/03/2018 / 0 Comments

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

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A Mother’s Isolation

By Editor / 10/01/2018 / 0 Comments

Mother Feels Guilt and Isolation While Son is Incarcerated Thank you Anonymous for sharing your heartfelt story about your feelings of guilt and isolation while your son is serving his sentence and everything that you have been through.  With over six million people in the prison system and over 10% of the population on the […]

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Sons Coming Home From Prison

By Editor / 08/22/2018 / 0 Comments

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. You can never give up, you have to keep […]

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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. TRANSCRIPT: (Minor edits for easier reading) Today I’m here today with a couple who had an incarcerated daughter. Their daughter was an in and out […]

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Brain-Damaged Son in Prison

By Editor / 07/13/2018 / 0 Comments

No Rights for Parents with Brain-Damaged Son in Prison This 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.  He wasn’t always brain-damaged and […]

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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. TRANSCRIPT: (Minor edits for easier reading) Today I’m here with Annabel who has a step-daughter that was in and out of the prison system for many years. Her step-daughter is now out of prison and had been on probation […]

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Mother Waiting for her Son

By Editor / 03/27/2018 / 6 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. It’s a story of a mother that speaks […]

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26 Years on the Outside of the Steel Cage – A Daughter’s Story

By Editor / 02/19/2018 / 0 Comments

26 Years on the Outside of the Steel Cage – A Daughter’s Story Today I’m here with La’Jordawn, daughter of Obadyah Ben-Yisrayl, who is serving life in prison.  La’Jordawn has never known her father outside of prison. She was born when her father was facing the death penalty which was later commuted to a life […]

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My Prison Pen Pal

By Editor / 11/21/2017 / 0 Comments

Why I became a Prison Pen Pal My 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. The channel, Investigation […]

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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.  Now he’s in Ironwood State Prison. Bug has served almost double his life […]

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Family Shocked With Guilty Verdict

By Editor / 11/02/2017 / 0 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: TRANSCRIPT: (Edited for easier reading) I’m the youngest of three. My sister and brother are eight and ten years older […]

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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 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. That’s how […]

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

By Editor / 09/10/2017 / 0 Comments

No More Shame in Having Prison Connections For 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 […]

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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 Visiting 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 […]

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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. He learned the meaning of true friendship and the value of freedom.  […]

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Caged:  When the Iron House Doors Open

By Editor / 07/02/2017 / 0 Comments

Coming Home 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 […]

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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 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. He was just a very bad thief. Stealing at an early […]

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Corrections Officer or Convict?

By Editor / 06/18/2017 / 0 Comments

Interview with Corrections Officer T Listen to interview here: 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 […]

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Post-Prison Recovery

By Editor / 03/05/2017 / 0 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. In my experience, my family wished there was something they […]

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Ten Months In Jail Waiting for his Day in Court

By Editor / 12/10/2016 / 0 Comments

 Ten Months In Jail Imagine spending ten months in jail waiting for your day in court?  That’s exactly what happened to Justin.  Here’s his story about getting arrested and waiting for his day in court: Hi, I’m Justin and I’ve been out of jail since mid-September.  Back in November of 2015 when I found out that […]

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10 Years in Prison

My son was arrested and spent 10 years in prison

By GDW Editor / 09/05/2016 / 2 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 […]

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Mom, I Killed Someone

Mom, I killed someone

By Editor / 06/06/2016 / 0 Comments

A Mom’s Story My daughter, Delores, was on the wrong path for many years.  My husband, our adult children, and I agreed that she should no longer live with us.  She had signed herself into a local mental health facility where she was being treated for bipolar disorder and drug addiction.  So she wasn’t living […]

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