LETTERS FROM PRISON
LETTERS FROM PRISON It has often been said that prison is the only place where you are never alone, but you are always lonely. Never have truer words been spoken. I survived that awful, tragic place with the help of my faith and my family. In prison, as opposed to life in the “free-world,” you do not have access to email, the internet, or text messages. If you wish to communicate, there are only two options: you can call out on the day-room phones, which can be expensive; or you can write letters. “Mail call” usually happened around 7:00 – 8:00 pm each weekday night. The guards, literally, come into the pod and call out your name and bunk if you have received any mail. Believe it or not, this is the highlight of most days. To receive communication from the “free-world” is like escaping from prison, if only for the moments you spend reading it. Inmates in prison observe everything, too. They pay attention to who receives mail, how much and what type. For example, I was blessed to have a ton of support from family and friends, often resulting in letters, newspapers, magazines, online articles and books. It would be impossible to estimate how many people were able to share in my mail, as I wanted as many as possible to experience both the joy of reading and the opportunity to stay informed. Sadly, the loneliest souls in there - the ones who received no mail - would, from time to time, write themselves a letter and mail it to themselves just to give the appearance of a connection to the world outside the prison walls. Because, in prison, perception is reality.

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