The Lives of Women Behind Bars (Part 2): COVID-19 & Doing Time

By Michelle (MN) MCF Shakopee

In part one of The Lives Of Women In Prison, you read J. Fetty’s essay titled How Is 40 Years Not Enough? She wrote about rehabilitation and how one’s positive actions seem blind to the state parole board. Today you’ll read excerpts from personal letters to this writer by women incarcerated in OR, OH, SD, and MN. I have omitted personal identifying informaton, but have left their words unaltered.

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Are You Being Served? (Part 3): Pen Pal Ministries


Before the global pandemic upended our daily lives, I posted Are You Being Served and Are You Being Served? (Part 2), the first two posts in a series about inmate service companies and organizations. Many of these organizations are small sole proprietorships. Some are small groups comprised of former prisoners or family members of those incarcerated.

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