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Scott, 61

Scott, 61

Meet ScottThe first time I was locked up, I was six. The state had taken me from my mother and made me a ward of the court. Over the following years that first cell would be the state’s repetitive choice of places to deposit me in the interim...

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Jeff, 58

Jeff, 58

Meet Jeff55 days after my 21st birthday, I was convicted of all charges against me, and sentenced to death. The very next morning I was abruptly taken out of  jail and transported to San Quentin State Prison, where I was handed over to the warden...

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Jeffery, 48

Meet Jeffery... Prison is a necessary evil, but an evil nonetheless.  I wanted to grow up too fast. I had children, bought a house, married and divorced by 24. Although my marriage was loveless, the greatest pain I have ever experienced was the...

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Tyrone, 48

Tyrone, 48

Meet TyroneThinking of all the good times I had why did everything have to go bad from the top of being happy to the bottom of being sad I started looking for a way to escape the pain I found drugs as my savior and threw my whole life down the...

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Kevin, 28

Kevin, 28

Meet KevinSome of you may and some may not relate to my story. I was born in El Salvador, son of a strong, beautiful immigrant woman. When I was four, she migrated to the US after my father was killed from criminal violence. After a year of my...

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Christopher, 40

Christopher, 40

Meet ChristopherI sometimes wonder how I got here. Not the fact that I'm stuck in a prison cell with a 45-year sentence, I know how that happened - greed. But how I came to a place where my voice has far exceeded that of this tiny cell and the...

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Edward, 39

Edward, 39

Meet Edward I’m trying to get out to help [my son] avoid the same pitfalls that I fell into and help him from coming to prison. I only got to hold my son once, I’ve only been around him for a few minutes since I’ve been inside. I went to jail when...

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Robert, 49

Robert, 49

Meet RobertI love numbers because if you look at them and pay attention, you can hear the story they’re telling. My number of days incarcerated as of June 3rd are: 6,780 days which is 162,720 hours or 224 months. I spent 630 days in solitary...

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