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BECAUSE IN SOME WAY, WE'RE ALL INCARCERATED, TOO.


Son Incarcerated - Sentenced: Awaiting Trial - Time Served: TBC

Son Incarcerated - Sentenced: Awaiting Trial - Time Served: TBC

There came a moment I wanted to kill myself—throw myself in front of a train and end everything, because I couldn’t keep up. It was too much, too hard. Thank God, I had my father and he was the one who always pushed me and talked to me. He told me a child is for your whole life, no matter what he does, you have to be there for him. I went to look for help with medication and the health mental place and they actually help me a lot. I was in the hospital for three days.
— MYRA, MOTHER INMATE
 
Brother Incarcerated - Sentenced: 305 years to life in prison - Time Served: 9 years

Brother Incarcerated - Sentenced: 305 years to life in prison - Time Served: 9 years

305 years—you can knock off a little bit at a time. But we’re gonna have to go court, pay an attorney, get a little bit here, and go back. Maybe some new laws will come, get a little bit more there, and just hopefully, every two or three years, just knock 20 or 30 years off. But you gotta have money to do that. There’s no other way, Carlee. I know that’s what it’s going to take to get him home, but I also know that unless I start making $500k a year, I’m not going to be able to do it.
— Cornelius - Brother inmate

Husband Formerly Incarcerated - Sentenced: 45 years in prison - Time Served: 5 years

Husband Formerly Incarcerated - Sentenced: 45 years in prison - Time Served: 5 years

When we unplugged him and his heart stopped beating, we had to wait for the prison guards to literally say “it’s ok now...you can hug him...you can do (this),” for them to take off the cuffs. My husband was in a coma. He wasn’t going to go no where and they had cuffs on him and four guards outside his room. After that, we were able to see him for a little bit. My kids didn’t get to see him. They didn’t get to say goodbye to their dad. They were 13, 12, 10, and five at the time.
— Amie, Wife Inmate
 
Son Incarcerated - Sentenced: 9 years in prison - Time Served: 1 year

Son Incarcerated - Sentenced: 9 years in prison - Time Served: 1 year

When it first started happening, it wasn’t like a one-day thing. I was on the neighborhood counsel. I was vice president of the counsel. I told my neighbors. Then all of a sudden, I was booted off the counsel. I was a poster mom for school, and not welcomed at school. I was no longer welcome at church, no longer welcome at family gatherings.
— Valerie, Mother Inmate
Husband Formerly Incarcerated - Sentenced: Life plus four years in prison - Time Served: 17 years

Husband Formerly Incarcerated - Sentenced: Life plus four years in prison - Time Served: 17 years

I think one of the things that was very clear to me having watched 17 years of this process and the people in it, is that there are people worth doing this for and there are people who are not worth doing this for.
— Sue, Wife Inmate
 
Son Incarcerated - Sentenced: 25 years to life in prison - Time Served: 13 years

Son Incarcerated - Sentenced: 25 years to life in prison - Time Served: 13 years

I was targeted by a correctional officer one time, a woman. She didn’t like me for whatever reason and got me alone one day when there were no other visitors. She told me that if I didn’t submit to a complete strip search, orifices and all, that she would discontinue my visits indefinitely. I was brought to my knees. I couldn’t imagine indefinite. All I thought of was to just do it...I submitted to it. I felt like I had been raped to be honest with you, and I did everything to bring it to the attention of the system.
— Diane, Mother Inmate
 
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