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LaShae, 35

No one cared about me and the hollowness I felt. No one cared to stop and listen to my story. No one cared because I am an African American woman who was treated unjustly.

LaShae, 35

No one cared about me and the hollowness I felt. No one cared to stop and listen to my story. No one cared because I am an African American woman who was treated unjustly.

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Charles “Chuck”, 52

Charles “Chuck”, 52

My department of corrections number doesn’t define me as a human being. My body is confined yet my mind is free. Unburdened by life’s chains.

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Montreal, 52

I got myself right with God, I help to steer the youth and everyone in the right direction. I tell them, no matter their past, they can change their futures.

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Michael, 55

Michael, 55

My journey to true self acceptance has indeed been crazy, humbling, and not by any means easy.

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Osbun “OG Walt”, 78

Osbun “OG Walt”, 78

This is not my first time in prison. In 2006 I was sentenced to four years. I told myself I would never step foot in this prison again. But once again here I am.

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Julissa, 49

Julissa, 49

This is not my first time in prison. In 2006 I was sentenced to four years. I told myself I would never step foot in this prison again. But once again here I am.

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Anthony, 37

In here I really got to know myself. I learned the biggest thing that gets in the way of meeting my goals is myself

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Charles, 61

Charles, 61

Prison life is steeped in suffering, the prison a cemetery, and the cell my tomb. Life in prison is just a pale shadow of life in the free world. I strive to change, mature, maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol, and learn why I came to prison in the first place.

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Sara, 21

Sara, 21

I’m trying to use this time to learn about myself and better myself. I am an addict.

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AV, 41

Days, weeks, months and years passed; my saving grace were my mother’s words: “Read son, let your books teach you, open your mind and heart.” I climbed Mt. Everest, went to the abyss with Captain Nemo, felt the sand of Utica with Odysseus, but above all I opened my mind and learned about myself.

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Michael, 27

Trotter is a good friend, a mentor, a comrade and a father figure. I without a doubt credit Trotter with helping me develop into the man I am today.

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