My wish when I decided to make this site was to educate the public on what it is like to be an incarcerated woman and what it is like to be a family (and friends) of a loved one who is incarcerated. In both instances, it is devastatingly life changing and heartbreaking. I want us to rise above the stigma of a person being an "inmate" to being a fellow human being on this journey of life; which we are all on together. And to understand that we are all fallible, we have all made mistakes in our lives and we all have regrets. But that also; we all have the ability to learn, change and grow given the right opportunity and support. In the best of circumstances, prison can be that opportunity to heal; not because of the prison system, but in spite of it. It can give all of us the opportunity for empathy, compassion and forgiveness - to care for "the least among us". Isn't that truly what life is about-to care about each other, to uplift each other and to share each other's burdens so that we all feel loved and supported on this journey. Isn't that what community is all about. The incarcerated are the lost and forgotten. We need to find them and give them hope.
Full video of the meeting with the USDOJ Civil
Rights Division on their investigation of Lowell
Focusing on Incarcerated Women in Florida
Excellent Piece by Refinery 29
"Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."
Be the Beacon of Light
in Someone's Darkness
Debra Bennett speaking on behalf of inmates at the USDOJ Meeting
Prison Strip Search is Sexually Abusive-a video by ACLU
Video's from the Meeting with the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
Sexual and Medical Abuse
This site is dedicated to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women in Florida. The focus is on helping current and former inmates and to let them know that they are not forgotten and that we care.
The Power of Second Chances
A Horror Story
A Direct-File Daughter
SPONSOR AN INMATE
If you would like to SPONSOR an indigent inmate to give them support and hope through writing please CONTACT ME as I have a list of indigent inmates from all 4 facilities. They always need stamps and greeting cards that they can send to their families and friends. You can send them 10 assorted greeting cards and stamps. Help heal a broken angel. A sponsorship certificate will be mailed to you and a copy to the inmate..
Obstacles Upon Release
INMATES LIVES MATTER
Sexual Assault-DOJ Meeting
By A Young Man In Prison
Someone said to me, "Had you made better choices, you'd not be in prison." My first response I had to skip because it was to kick him in the balls which would be a bad thing. My second response, slightly more appropriate so I went with it. "Thank you very much Captain Obvious, so glad to see you've not lost your keen powers of observation, jackass!" I replied, only I didn't say jackass though I wanted to! The reality is that I know that poor decision making led me here. I had... a richly impressive #dumbassattack, so here I sit. Crazily so many people focus on the past, which cannot be changed versus looking to the future, which is still on deck and as impressionable as a toddler. Instead of trying to look for ways to prevent recidivism which in many cases could be as simple as being there to encourage, mentor or just be part of a support system, folks zero in on what was done to get in prison. Yes I committed criminal acts. Yes I put myself in this position. But acts performed during the darkest days of my life does not mean I am only that. If you consume alcohol 1% of your lifetime, are you a drunkard? If you crash a car one time in your life are you a driving hazard? Of course not! I don't mind being seen as someone who once made poor decisions that is true. But do not define me as that because I am so much more, as are other incarcerated individuals. Everyone stumbles; if you find someone down, help them up so they may see we are not alone in this.
Anthony Jason Machicoté
INMATES LIVES MATTER
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