In Criminal Court as an Observer instead of the Accused

I went to criminal court the other day but this time as an observer instead of the accused. However, some of the same feelings came back to me. I remember what it was like to be chained as an inmate and lead into the courtroom before sentencing. It is a stressful situation, to say the least, even as an observer. This time I was there as support, along with the family, for another who had made some poor choices a year and a half ago that had finally caught up to him. He had been in jail for over a
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What Can You Do When A Loved One Goes to Prison?

What Can You Do When A Loved One Goes to Prison?  You can start by praying, sending your love, and writing often, then stop worrying. Do you know that your thoughts of worry and fear are so powerful they can penetrate even space and time? That means your loved one is “feeling” how horrible you feel because of the situation. It’s hard enough doing time but when the prisoner’s friends and family are hating it too or are having a hard time adjusting, it only adds to the prisoner’s grief and pain. Prison is NOT fun by any stretch of
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More Ways for the Prisoner to Give Back: Hospice Care

I watched the documentary, Serving Time, last night and was intrigued of how many different ways there are for the prisoner to give back. Some of even the hardened criminals – the worst of the worst – have  a desire to give and connect on human levels never before experienced. The documentary tells about the Hospice Care program the Warden at Angola State Prison in Louisiana implemented and the differences it is making in the lives of both those who are in need of the care and those caring for the needy. Those in Hospice have terminal diseases and illnesses
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Life without Parole but Living with Hope

A stack of mail was waiting for me when we returned to our Arizona home after spending a month in North Carolina.  I was thrilled to find a letter from the woman I met during my prison event. She made quite an impression on me and I had hoped she would write because I did not even know her name. She was the one who approached me after my motivational talk and said, “I have life without parole but you have given me HOPE.” She eloquently expressed in her letter that after 10 years inside, she has “been transformed from
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Former Felon Returns to Prison as Motivational Speaker | Prisoners are Given Hope

As I walked back into the prison from which I was released five years earlier, I wondered, “What can I possibly say that could bring these women hope?”  Each one of them had various time left on their sentences. Some were soon to be released, some had several more years to serve, yet some would never leave. “Could my words make a difference in their lives?” I know what it’s like to be behind the walls because I served a total of seven years (3 years the first time in federal prison, and 4 years the last time in state).
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It Costs More Than Time When a Prisoner is Sentenced

When a prisoner is sentenced to prison, all who are close to him/her are affected – spouse, significant other, children, parents and even friends.  When the prisoner goes off to serve time, those that are left behind feel the void and it can be really tough, especially financially. If the prison is close to home, there might be regular visits that ease the pain for an hour or two but these visitation trips cost money. The prisoner’s basic needs (three hots and a cot) are met by the prison facility but any extra needs are not.  Usually the prisoner will
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Life Coaching Prisoners | Prisoners Coaching Prisoners | Changing from the Inside

LIFE COACHING PRISONERS IS NOT A NEW THING I knew several years ago I would one day be a life coach but in what capacity, I did not know at the time.  I spent seven years behind bars, therefore, the ones that I left behind are still dear to my heart and I desire to make a difference.  I have a passion to encourage and support them because I know what it is like.  When I received my Elite Life Coaching certification, it seemed the logical decision to use it in coaching prisoners.  But how exactly was that going to work? I
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Coaching and Educating Prisoners | Helping Prisoners from the Inside Out

We are so very excited about this new phase in our life’s journey.  Based on the vision I received in 2007 while I was still in prison, we founded Purpose in Prison Projects (PiPP), an Arizona nonprofit organization, in June 2013, which focuses on coaching and educating prisoners. PiPP provides coaching and educational services to prisoners in areas of complete wellness, including health and fitness, art and writing, business and finance, and life skills. PiPP provides assistance to prisoners with the opportunity to publish, produce and distribute their creative expressions of literary works and arts. PiPP administers and meticulously allocates the proceeds from
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Categories: Coaching and Support.

The Florence Prison Outlet Store

  Have you ever heard of a Prison Outlet Store?   Well, there is one here in Arizona a few hours from our home. If you were in Florence, would you shop there? I think they should make it an online store so others outside of the area could buy the wares. In 1908, the Arizona State Prison Complex (also known as Florence State Prison) was built to replace the Yuma prison, and is the largest state prison in Arizona, housing the state’s death row complex. And just outside the prison, you will find one of the most unique stores in
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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Prison | Lessons from the Inside

EXCERPT from my eBook, ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN PRISON: Lessons from the Inside. I had a fairly normal upbringing. I got good grades and finished high school. I was blessed with great friends. I did not have family members in jail. So why did I end up in prison – not just once, but twice? Obviously, it was because of the choices that I made, which ultimately led to my incarceration. The choices that we make each and every day will ultimately result in our successes – or our failures. We might not understand that what we do
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