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Separated by Prison, United by Conviction: Partners Respond

By now, you’ve heard of Separated by Prison, United by Conviction – a journal published by PWGP.

Tonight, tackle more of the questions and learn how the partners respond.

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Separated by Prison, United by Conviction: Partners Respond

By now, you’ve heard of Separated by Prison, United by Conviction – a journal published by PWGP.

Tonight, tackle more of the questions and learn how the partners respond.

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Separated by Prison, United by Conviction: Partners Respond

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Separated by Prison, United by Conviction: Partners Respond

By now, you’ve heard of Separated by Prison, United by Conviction – a journal published by PWGP.

Tonight, tackle more of the questions and learn how the partners respond.

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Holding it Together

Tooth Apparatus

 

As a prisoner’s wife, it’s not uncommon to hold onto items to keep the memory of one’s husband alive or to create his presence; we keep things like cologne, hair, and clothing. But to keep my husband with me, it required that I go one step further.

When my husband was home, he had an annoying habit of using my bobby pins as toothpicks. And, as you might suspect, these out-of-shape pieces of metal never made it into the trash. Fed up with seeing them all over the house, I began pointing them out each time I came across one: “Tooth apparatus, tooth apparatus, tooth apparatus!”

After my husband was incarcerated, I moved into a new residence. During the final walk-through of our old home, I noticed a tooth apparatus.

I collected each one I found.

Once in our new home, before I even unpacked, I inconspicuously positioned the tooth apparatus I had found in the old home in our new home, a place where together we shared no memories. Now, each time I come across one, I move it; that way, the element of surprise keeps my husband alive, marks his territory, and fills my heart’s empty space.

Keeping the tooth apparatus pushed the boundaries of my sanity and cleanliness. But with long prison sentences, it is hard to recall the moments that matter, especially when fading memories are replaced with the demands of prison life.

For me, these tooth apparatus are symbols of auld lang syne, a contorted pathway between yesterday and today that pushes the play button on this life lived before incarceration. It takes me back to the time we fell in love, our courtship, and our engagement. And whenever I discover these apparatus, it all comes back to me with the promise of better days; a promise he left behind.

But whether the bobby pin is used as intended or a tooth apparatus, its greatest use for me is that it keeps two people connected who are caught between two different worlds

 

 

This piece appeared in First Person Arts Workshop: Through the Bars: Objects and Memorials for Individuals Affected by Incarceration.

 

What do you keep to remind you of your partner?

 

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Victim Awareness with Bridges to Life

Every crime has a victim who should not be forgotten, ignored or disrespected. Understanding the plight of victims is an important component to true rehabilitation.

Tonight we discuss victim awareness and restorative justice with John Sage of Bridges to Life.

The mission of Bridges To Life (BTL) is to connect communities to prisons in an effort to reduce the recidivism rate (particularly that resulting from violent crimes), reduce the number of crime victims, and enhance public safety.  The spiritual mission of Bridges To Life is to minister to victims and offenders in an effort to show them the transforming power of God’s love and forgiveness.

Bridges To Life was founded in 1998 by Houstonian John Sage after the brutal murder of his sister, Marilyn, in 1993. His sister’s killers were tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. John began to realize the terrible toll his sister’s murder had taken on his life, the lives of everyone else in his family, Marilyn’s friend,s and the community. After reflection, prayer, and time, John was able to forgive his sister’s murderers; and he realized that he had a place in his heart for all offenders. This life-changing experience inspired John to develop a rehabilitation program to take crime victims into the prison to work directly with offenders.

http://www.bridgestolife.org

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Victim Awareness with Bridges to Life

Every crime has a victim who should not be forgotten, ignored or disrespected. Understanding the plight of victims is an important component to true rehabilitation.

Tonight we discuss victim awareness and restorative justice with John Sage of Bridges to Life.

The mission of Bridges To Life (BTL) is to connect communities to prisons in an effort to reduce the recidivism rate (particularly that resulting from violent crimes), reduce the number of crime victims, and enhance public safety.  The spiritual mission of Bridges To Life is to minister to victims and offenders in an effort to show them the transforming power of God’s love and forgiveness.

Bridges To Life was founded in 1998 by Houstonian John Sage after the brutal murder of his sister, Marilyn, in 1993. His sister’s killers were tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. John began to realize the terrible toll his sister’s murder had taken on his life, the lives of everyone else in his family, Marilyn’s friend,s and the community. After reflection, prayer, and time, John was able to forgive his sister’s murderers; and he realized that he had a place in his heart for all offenders. This life-changing experience inspired John to develop a rehabilitation program to take crime victims into the prison to work directly with offenders.

http://www.bridgestolife.org

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Victim Awareness with Bridges to Life

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Victim Awareness with Bridges to Life

Every crime has a victim who should not be forgotten, ignored or disrespected. Understanding the plight of victims is an important component to true rehabilitation.

Tonight we discuss victim awareness and restorative justice with John Sage of Bridges to Life.

The mission of Bridges To Life (BTL) is to connect communities to prisons in an effort to reduce the recidivism rate (particularly that resulting from violent crimes), reduce the number of crime victims, and enhance public safety.  The spiritual mission of Bridges To Life is to minister to victims and offenders in an effort to show them the transforming power of God’s love and forgiveness.

Bridges To Life was founded in 1998 by Houstonian John Sage after the brutal murder of his sister, Marilyn, in 1993. His sister’s killers were tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. John began to realize the terrible toll his sister’s murder had taken on his life, the lives of everyone else in his family, Marilyn’s friend,s and the community. After reflection, prayer, and time, John was able to forgive his sister’s murderers; and he realized that he had a place in his heart for all offenders. This life-changing experience inspired John to develop a rehabilitation program to take crime victims into the prison to work directly with offenders.

http://www.bridgestolife.org

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Love Locked Down with Author Rachel Satiafa

R. SATIAFAexplores this phenomenon of prison romance in her thrilling new novel, LOVE LOCKED DOWN.  With the shortage of available men, can women successfully cross the barbed wire fence and find Mr. Right? 

LOVE LOCKED DOWNis a thought-provoking look at the number of  women who have chosen to pursue relationships with men behind bars. It is a fact based docu-novel that contains the stories of women from all races and walks of life – from a cafeteria worker to a Big Tobacco Executive – all who have crossed the barbed wire fence in search of Mr. Right. 

This premiere novel stems from interviews conducted with 22 women who are grappling with the struggles of maintaining relationships with incarcerated men – lovers, husbands, fathers, sons.  The novel is several stories wrapped up into one that will take you through the twists and turns of a woman’s passion when love is locked away.  The book openly discusses the perils of punitive incarceration and its effect on society as well as suggests a profile of women who seek these relationships.

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