Voices From Within Project

Written by Melissa Schmitt

July 18, 2015

Adopt an Inmate seeks to remind the world that inmates are human. It is not our contention that all, or even most, inmates are innocent. But that, in the words of Bryan Stevenson, “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”

The Voices From Within project gives inmates the chance to use their own stories, to change someone else’s story. Human beings who have made terrible mistakes, can better serve their communities when their voices can be heard.

You can be the good that happens, you see what I’m saying? You can be the good – if I could – oh, Jesus, Lord, please, if this could be, if I could right now be, if the question is maybe if something good happens, and that’s me, for you, right now, come, listen … I’m asking you, a favor, I’m asking you for a little help, here.

I’m asking you for a little bit of redemption – here, alright? I’m saying, if this could be the good, then maybe you can help me. Can you save me a bit? I’m trying to save you. And in respect for that, maybe we can make a deal, ’cause if I can do something, if this could help you, then I could be the good for you, right? And you could be the good for me. Because if I do that, if, then maybe, the bad could kinda be offset, if I’m the good for you, right? Work with me, work with me here, that’s all I’m saying.

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