No Wrong Answers
No Wrong Answers, the Testif-i blog, gives voice to thought-provoking ideas and opinions about issues that affect formerly incarcerated women and their communities.
Nicole Bennett was made to give birth while shackled to her hospital bed and had her baby immediately taken from her. Even now, years later, the experience continues to have an impact for both Nicole and her daughter.
When Alisha Murdock's mother was arrested when Alisha was in 6th grade, the system utterly failed her and she was left on her own to bounce from friend's house to shelter to motel until she was 21.
"In America’s age of mass incarceration, millions of children are suffering the consequences of their parents’ sentences. Incarceration not only breaks up families but also the building blocks of our communities and nation."
For far too many women, including Heidi De Leon, the trauma-to-prison pipeline is real —and devastating. But Heidi shares her story to prove that your past doesn't have to define your future.
“I had to really grasp that I was out and that I wanted something new. I did not want to go back in. Because I remember being in jail and asking God, ‘Please get me out, help me.’”
There are 48,000 collateral consequences that formerly incarcerated people face upon release from prison or jail. These systemic and often life-long obstacles are significant barriers to successful reentry.