Letters From Prison: I Just Live Here Now

Written by Melissa Schmitt

March 11, 2016

friendship bracelets with survey

Q: Age
A: 42 years

Q: How long have you been in prison? 
A: Since April 30th, 1997. (19 years)

Q: What is your sentence?
A: Life without parole.

Q: Do you feel your time in prison has benefited you? 
A: Sure, I was out of control, I was unable to function as a part of society. I came to prison and lost my freedom, but found myself. I am free on the inside, the fact that I am in prison means relatively little. I enjoy life, I just live in here now.

Q: Have you made friends on the inside that you will keep after you or they have been released?
A: I am not getting released, and although I’ve had many friends who have gotten out, none have kept in touch more than a letter or two.

Q: Do you have a job? If so, what is it? Wage?
A: Yes. Houseman. Wage = $0. Inmates in Florida do not get paid for working like in  most other states.

I make these friendship bracelets. They tie on and unite easily. The nice, even uniform side goes up. Let me know if you would like more.

Thank you so very much. I am interested to see what happens now.

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