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Letters From Prison: Hope is a Scarce Commodity

Letters From Prison: Hope is a Scarce Commodity

An excerpt of a letter from Rick in February of 2014, when he was still in county jail, and about six months before he was moved to prison. He writes about his idea to start Adopt an Inmate. I feel as though I am the most well-taken-care-of inmate in Del Valle. Having...

Share This Message & Comfort Each Other

Share This Message & Comfort Each Other

I was watching the news last night and saw the story of those 19 children and 2 teachers murdered....how does something like this happen? Why does it happen? I don't even know what to say about a situation like this, what do I say about an act of torment like this?...

Our Friend Ryan’s Podcast, The Shakedown

Our Friend Ryan’s Podcast, The Shakedown

Friend of Adopt an Inmate Ryan Forbes has a new podcast, The Shakedown, and it's great! From Law and Order reruns to cold case podcasts, criminal justice has a very well known image in the media. However, is this image accurate? Ryan Forbes spent six years in prison...

Penpal-ing in Prison

Penpal-ing in Prison

I would like to take a bit and tell you about something that a large number of prisoners do, and have done for a very long time, each for their own reasons. It's something that has helped me in more ways than I can express, yet it is something so simple and pure, it's...

Appreciation for Popsicles and Apathy

Appreciation for Popsicles and Apathy

Photo by Lanju Fotografie on Unsplash RCW 72.09.010 - Legislative intent. It is the intent of the legislature to establish a comprehensive system of corrections for convicted law violators within the state of Washington to accomplish the following objectives. [...]...

The Seventh Day

The Seventh Day

Religion, it's a complicated subject among a population of many different walks of life and religious beliefs. Wars are fought and people die in the name of Gods and causes. Even today things are the same, take what's happening in Jerusalem right now with the...

Parenthood in Prison

Parenthood in Prison

This is a subject that is especially personal to me. I have two children. One I have never met and another I barely know and haven't seen in about 16 years. She and I once had a very strong relationship. But it seems time works both ways. Time will heal wounds and it...

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