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Michael, 71

Michael, 71

“I believe children should learn how to cook: bake bread, cookies, and simple cakes using a humble kitchen stove. Both boys and girls should learn it. Learning to cook and bake gives children a sense of self-esteem and pride in their accomplishments: I’m so smart, I can learn anything!”

Michael, 71

“I believe children should learn how to cook: bake bread, cookies, and simple cakes using a humble kitchen stove. Both boys and girls should learn it. Learning to cook and bake gives children a sense of self-esteem and pride in their accomplishments: I’m so smart, I can learn anything!”

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Arsenio, 60

I looked for God in several religious groups but never found Him. So, I cowardly evaded justice by running to Mexico after committing my last crime in 1993.

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Michael, 57

Michael, 57

The car flipped three times. Shawnee asked, “Are you girls ok?” Mika said, “Sami’s not here.” They had to search for her in the dark.

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Kyaleah, 26

Kyaleah, 26

This experience has given me an entirely renewed outlook. The pessimistic person I once was, has been destroyed a thousand times over.

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Lyle, 45

Within a few months the classes on death row were eliminated. The rehabilitative ideal was purged. Central Prison became an increasingly violent place.

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Taki, 45

Taki, 45

I am struggling to receive love because it falls way short of what defines love for me. This is where hard work and growth meet.

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Selena, 28

Selena, 28

I felt like I wasn’t allowed to have human emotions simply because I was a prisoner. My solution to this was attempting suicide.

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Ramon, 63

Ramon, 63

The life of a death-row prisoner is harsh, restrictive, isolated, and lonely. So moving out into the mainline environment after 24 years of death row continues to shock and amaze me, most so because I had never been to prison before so I never knew what mainline had to offer.

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Bindhu, 43

My great aunt in her eighties wrote back with so much love and information about my family. We wrote back and forth several times, and she had a mind like an elephant.

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Marcus, 23

Marcus, 23

Memories will always last whether it’s of a past experience or just meeting someone you like.

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Jimmy, 61

The thing I miss more than anything being on the outside is being able to help people who are unable to help themselves. Those types of people were my family.

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