STORIES

 

 

SAM

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“My first memory is being raped at

age 5.  ... By the age of 13, I had enough. I stole a car and headed north. ...I have been in prison for 35 years.

Today, I’m freer than I have ever been.”

ANDREA

"I spent three weeks at Alachua County Jail. There is no one I can blame for being there but myself.

 

The first couple days I was there all I did was cry..."

JENNIFER

Jennifer was 18 and pregnant when she landed in the Alachua County Jail. It’s difficult to imagine how she could have wound up in such a place.  ... a sweet, simple Southern girl. 

  Women often send hand-written letters spilling out their life stories and heartache.  

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Nicole's Experience

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WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO BE A PRISONER?

"Prison was hell. A place of constant torment. A community of evil. Behind bars nothing felt safe.

It was impossible to sleep well in prison.  I slept on a creaky bunk cot in a row just arms distance from those who committed crimes of extortion, had been trafficked or were traffickers. I slept next to drug dealers, murderers, thieves, abusers and those engaging nightly in homosexual relationships feet away.  Sure, a few had been incarcerated wrongly but most were guilty.  We were enduring our punishments."