Kathy, 60

Meet Kathy…

Telling my story sets me free from these walls. I hope to carry on my mission and help women with trauma. What was meant for bad can be turned to good.

Incarcerated: 7 years
Housed: McPherson’s Women’s Unit – Newport, Arkansas

I am taking classes and believe that education is important. I like to crochet and draw portraits, both are relaxing. Being locked up is lonely. I love life and family. In prison the last seven years I’ve learned a lot about myself. I enjoy school and learning new things.  Getting my GED and enrolling in college classes transformed me into a new person. One who has compassion and understanding of society unlike before prison. I have learned to interact with others on a level of comfort and peace instead of turmoil and violence which were learned in my childhood home full of domestic violence, abuse, and alcoholism. I have also learned how to overcome abuse and anorexia through writing, drawing and crocheting. Teaching a domestic violence support group in my barracks has helped me. I sell crocheted items to the free world to support myself. There has to be a better way.  Telling my story sets me free from these walls. I hope to carry on my mission and help women with trauma. What was meant for bad can be turned to good.

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