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Incarceration

Developing a Personal Pardon Plan – Gratitude

When the totality of the damage we have done in the lives of others becomes revealed to us at a personal level, most individual will have moments feeling overcome by shame and grief. Use those moments to move on in life and embrace the opportunities…

Discarding the Mask and Abandoning Secret Lives

Everyone has an ideal image of themselves as well as the knowledge of the true characteristics which they display toward others in public and private life. Knowing the distinction is vital to the inner healing process. Switching between the real and the ideal in relationships…

Perimeter Psychology, Labels and Severcide

Psychological evaluations are part of a court ordered exam and always happen upon admission to prison. There is no practical appeal from the determinations made by institutional professional staff. It is a common practice to diagnosis an incoming offender with Antisocial Personality Disorder or other…

The Family on Parole – A Life of Transparency

When an offender returns home and is on parole or probation, one of the primary conditions is that their residence is always subject to an unannounced and warrantless search. In practical terms this means that there is no place in the family residence which is…

Preparing for the Transition to Community Life

The family members and the prisoner have lived very different lives over an extended period of time. Do not expect anyone to adjust easily without indications of distress. Since family members suffer in a number of ways, the adjustment period must include an opportunity to…

Faith and Hope

Faith stems from a spiritual seed planted in our hearts. It is a personal response to Mercy, Grace and Forgiveness. Scripture is rich with many stories of impossibilities becoming realities. Do not give up before the miracle happens. Faith is the opportunity to join with…

Mercy, Grace and Forgiveness

In addition to the primary gift of life, these are spiritual assets available to everyone. These tools are the mechanisms which can transform our lives from self-dependent to God-centered. They are not passively applied, but require active intervention. Mercy was active up through the last…

Keeping the Family Intact – Healing Betrayal

Any act which threatens the unity and integrity of the family is a betrayal of the trust of all the other family members, particularly the children. Children usually have a fantasy image of their parents, they can do all things and overcome all obstacles and…

Communication: Inside and Outside the Walls

The family lifeline is communication. Discover and use every method available to keep this link intact. Mail, telephone calls, visits are some of the possible opportunities to keep the contact fresh and meaningful. At times, there may be a strong temptation to abandon further contact…

The Law: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Once an individual has been convicted of a crime, whether by jury or judge, the burden of proof is switched. Now the individual must prove their innocence. It is a very difficult task to reverse a legal judgment. It does happen, but not very often.…

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