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Heather, 29

Heather, 29

People ask me why I’m doing life in prison. It was Mother’s day, I beat Alexa down with my fists I had never before fought. The day I screamed her secrets, mourned mine, while I clawed and clutched her into admitting there had been no prenatal pills.

Heather, 29

People ask me why I’m doing life in prison. It was Mother’s day, I beat Alexa down with my fists I had never before fought. The day I screamed her secrets, mourned mine, while I clawed and clutched her into admitting there had been no prenatal pills.

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Ruben, 42

Ruben, 42

Meet Ruben I think it’s great that you guys have created this program. Writing is a healthy form of expression and it gives us the ability to use our time productively. I have been incarcerated since 2007, when I was convicted to a life sentence....

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Juan, 29

Juan, 29

Meet Juan“Gratitude” I can’t have you always giving me attitude When all I have ever done is give you gratitude I pour it all to you with every letter And yet you never make me feel better There’s no point in me writing all these poems If all you...

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Marcus, 29

Marcus, 29

Meet MarcusIn a moment of reflection, a time of solitude, I figured it out. All my life I was living a lie, a false sense of identity. Trying to be something that I wasn’t, instead of being someone that God intended for me to be. Growing up as a...

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Isaiah, 21

Isaiah, 21

Meet Isaiah From observation and the experience on this journey I have learned a very important fact; the Texas prison system does not rehabilitate prisoners, it’s all up to you to make that choice for yourself. I give my grandmother credit for the...

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Corey, 48

Corey, 48

Meet CoreyComing home from Iraq to a broken home and child neglect, I was unprepared to hear “You can have the kids, I wanna take care of myself! Dealing with PTSD, job loss and wondering how to raise four kids alone, I made mistakes. I wasn’t...

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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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