The first part of this blog series preparing for prison was meant to communicate something that we believe is vitally important. Prison will be difficult, scary, demeaning, and probably violent. Going in angry, self-righteous, and confused can only make things worse. Almost everyone goes in with some fear and anxiety; at least the first few times. Go in with the right mindset once, and you’ll never go back.
I don’t know how much you can actually prepare yourself emotionally, except to have an idea of what you might be able to expect. When ...
So you’ve Been Convicted – own it
Preparing for prison is a challenging feeling both mentally and emotionally.If you’re truly innocent this article may not be for you. Whether you’ve been convicted by trial or you’ve plead guilty, the first step to recovery – and effectively surviving prison – is to own your responsibility for your situation. If you don’t do that you make yourself even more vulnerable in prison.
If you go in angry at the world and the system that is holding you accountable for your actions you are opening yourself up to victimization. ...
Surviving Christmas with a Loved One in Prison
Whether you’ve been coping for decades or your spouse / child / parent just went to prison for the first time, living through the holidays when someone you love is in prison just plain sucks. Christmas in prison can be a stressful time, but you will get through it.
As an adult in the world, with a Loved One in Prison
If the person you are missing was your spouse, parent, or child – in other words someone who was integral in your life – this time of year can be stressful for lots of reasons.