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You can choose to learn in here or not. In the beginning I chose not to care, but as I got older and saw what prison was becoming, I started seeing the light. Not only for my sanity, but for my family and my daughter.

Pedro, 32
Incarcerated: 5 years
Housed: Washington Corrections Center, Shelton

I grew up in a violent environment with gangs. My life started going downhill at 18 when I lost my brother to gang violence. My story starts there. My life was ok until I saw my little brother pass. It cost me who I was and my mind for a little. I can say prison saved my life. I’ve been in and out. I almost got 25 to life for what I was charged with. It changed my mindset. You can choose to learn in here or not. In the beginning I chose not to care, but as I got older and saw what prison was becoming, I started seeing the light. Not only for my sanity, but for my family and my daughter. 

What is one thing you want to change about yourself? 

To stop feeling sorry for myself. That’s the main problem some of us have. Once we let that go, life comes to us with blessings. I have learned these things by having good brothers in my Native Circle. This prison term was my blessing. I was saved and I found who I am 🙂 

Do you talk to your family?

I do talk to my family all the time. I’m very family oriented. 

What do I miss about the outside? I miss the river and sledding in the snow. 

What do you dream about?

I’ve always had the thought of a two story house white fence 🙂 

What gets you through every day? 

Thinking about my lil girl 🙂 

What would your family be surprised to know about you?

How much I’ve changed from a young runt into a grown man and how I’ve learned to love myself and others.

I hope my letter will help someone in my shoes. God bless.

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