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Charles, 61

Prison life is steeped in suffering, the prison a cemetery, and the cell my tomb.

Charles, 61

Prison life is steeped in suffering, the prison a cemetery, and the cell my tomb.

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Kevin, 57

Kevin, 57

Meet Kevin... When you lose someone in prison who made life more cool in this messed-up-way to live, it’s a big loss. Freaky Pete was like a pawn shop, you could buy or sell anything through Freaky. If you were bored he could tell you a million...

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Michael 59

Michael 59

Meet Michael... Empathy was a hard concept for me to receive initially, since I had become a selfish shallow type of man. I recognize that validations and affirmation of my value and worth have to be recognized from within. All alone I am enough....

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Tien, 31

Tien, 31

Meet Tien... Silence fills the air as my mother struggles to respond. Yet, in this moment she didn’t need to say a word, her warm embrace was enough. This is the first time I said these words to my mother, and it’s the first time I felt a genuine...

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Joe, 36

Joe, 36

Meet Joe... I am a high functioning autistic, and here they treat me as an equal and I’ve been able to learn and flourish. I work the front counter at the library. When I first started, my supervisors noticed how well I saw the shelves. I have...

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Raheem, 45

Raheem, 45

Meet Raheem... I want people to look at me, as a human being, I have made mistakes, but I am not defined by those mistakes. When I think of you taking a picture of me in prison blues, the first thing that comes to my mind is a number, but I’m more...

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Louis, 48

Louis, 48

Meet Louis... I realize that I’m proud of myself, because I’m not running from my pain. I have a peace within myself now that I didn't have before the grey hairs. When I look in the mirror now I do a double take. I feel like my grey hair is a...

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Brian, 52

Brian, 52

Meet Brian... I live for my fiancée and my daughter, they are constantly on my mind. I attribute my relational rehabilitation to them. I was just talking to my fiancée. I live for this time of day when I can talk to her and to my daughter. My days...

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Larry, 44

Larry, 44

Meet Larry... They see me as an inmate, a person who has no real value. I was born in Oakland, CA, During my time there I grew up idolizing mobsters and gangsters. My mother and father split up when I was young. I picked up a lot of faulty male...

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Rayvion, 22

Rayvion, 22

Meet Rayvion... I am always learning something and someone is always learning from me. Here I am with my boy, Kells. When I first got here, he was the one person who gravitated towards me and guided me on the right way to do my time here. I've been...

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Rodney, 59

Rodney, 59

Meet Rodney... Until I earned my degree I never thought that I would be a person who’d care about others. This is my spot (on the yard) where I have a view of everyone, particularly the youngsters. I wonder why these young men-so full of life-...

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