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Antone, 28

Antone, 28

What I want you to take away – cherish you and your family’s life. Please enjoy the moments, because you never know when your moment will be your last. 

Antone, 28

What I want you to take away – cherish you and your family’s life. Please enjoy the moments, because you never know when your moment will be your last. 

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Darnell “Moe”, 55

Darnell “Moe”, 55

Meet Darnell "Moe"... Mindfully, I felt the hurt & tears build up in my eyes since I had been suppressing my feelings which was causing me to suffer, I knew I needed to show loving kindness and compassion to myself. The San Quentin Buddhist...

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Kevin, 57

Kevin, 57

Meet Kevin... I graduated from high school in 1981. I wore a cap and gown. My family attended the ceremony. I was a normal kid. I went to dances. Many corrections officials find that hard to believe of most prisoners, especially when we’re black....

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Aron, 31

Aron, 31

Meet Aron... Thanks to Tien, I now have a healthy relationship with my parents. He encouraged me to keep an open dialogue with them and ask questions. Tien and I knew each other for a year before we began to talk. We met in a group that helps Asian...

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Fabian, 43

Fabian, 43

Meet Fabian... Gradually, rekindling my love for art, it helped me gain control of at least a minor part of my life, and in turn, I recreated myself from the inside-out. My incarceration has been a very long road, sometimes easy, a lot of times...

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Thomas, 48

Thomas, 48

Meet Thomas...Within the first year of Shauna’s and my relationship, I began to neglect and abuse her. It began with ignoring her and calling her hurtful names. Afterwards, I would feel convicted and ashamed, so I would apologize, promising that I...

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Vu, 36

Vu, 36

Meet Vu... According to Vietnamese tradition, there are four measures of a man: material wealth, beautiful women, heavy drinking, and unyielding masculinity. I was driven to set a new record. It was my first day of school in America. I was a 9...

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Chanell, 41

Chanell, 41

Meet Chanell... I refer to my two awesome boys as my “Young Kings,” because not only are they kings by nature, but they’re also the kings of my heart. Nothing is more important to me than my role as a mother. Having been incarcerated for fifteen...

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Dorothy, 45

Dorothy, 45

Meet Dorothy...Sometimes I feel like people don’t care what an inmate has to say, so this is a good organization to let us be heard by the free world. Because there are people out there who care about us. I walked into prison at 18 years old. I was...

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Samuel “S-Mac”, 37

Samuel “S-Mac”, 37

Meet Samuel "S-Mac"... A lot of inmates just want to be heard and loved by someone. I am one of them.  Sometimes I feel like people don’t care what an inmate has to say, so this is a good organization to let us be heard by the free world. Because...

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Vincent, 59

Vincent, 59

Meet Vincent... Mom, I am certain that you are disappointed in the path my life has taken, but you can ‘rest in heaven’ with the knowledge that it was no fault of yours. You once told me that it took you 32 years to control your attitude, and...

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