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My-Linda, 54

Nowadays I just wanna chill, be free and enjoy life. I want to sit on the front porch, drinkin’ cold ice tea and watch the kids play in the yard, free, happy and content.

My-Linda, 54

Nowadays I just wanna chill, be free and enjoy life. I want to sit on the front porch, drinkin’ cold ice tea and watch the kids play in the yard, free, happy and content.

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Wayne, 44

“Inmates may carry one piece of fruit out of the chow hall to consume at a later time. They may only have one piece of fruit in their possession at any time.”

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Burnice, 47

“You can agree or disagree with me for saying I can understand why a person hates someone who had done something despicable to them, but I’ll never agree with them hating that person’s mother, father, sister, or brother and certainly not their whole race.”

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Derrick, 21

“So for all of you going through the struggle, through whatever problems, situations, ups and downs, obstacles, heartache and pain. No matter what it is always remember you ain’t alone at all.”

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Christopher, 42

My friend of more than 23 years has invited me on a cross-country trip that ends in the state of Oregon!

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Erin, 52

Meet Erin... Prison is not the end. It's actually the place where I was set free.   I grew up in a Seventh-Day adventist church and attended Seventh-Day Adventist school into college. Prison was never on my radar or a place that I would spend...

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Gene, 73

Gene, 73

Meet Gene... They are very negative and think everybody is against them and they know it all!   The Michigan Department of Corrections is now releasing institutionalized and mentally ill prisoners, who have been locked to a ball and chained...

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Mark, 36

Mark, 36

Meet Mark... I’ll never forget, I wrote my mom a letter from prison, people were getting stabbed left and right, it said, in case I don’t make it – mom, I love you. My mother ran away at the age of 14, her stepdad was molesting her sister. She had...

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Darryl, 62

Darryl, 62

Meet Darryl... I made a conscious effort to become a better person regardless of my circumstances. This effort began with finding a way to love myself. In order for me to love myself, I looked no further than those who love me...my family. It was...

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Terry, 30

Terry, 30

Meet Terry... Now, I can say with pride who I am. Who would’ve known that at 14 years old, I would be viewed as an adult in the adult courts? Who would've known that I would be misled into taking a 40-to-life plea deal? Who would’ve known that at...

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Anthony “Ant”, 37

Anthony “Ant”, 37

Meet Anthony "Ant"... Going to the board of prison terms is a paradox of feeling and emotions. My mentors tell me to be truthful and you will be fine, but when you do tell the truth it gets questioned. Five of us put our lives on the line to clean...

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