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Felons getting closer to voting in KY

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Mental Illness, Homelessness, Drug Addiction: Do These Sound Like Crimes?

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Cruel and unusual punishment in jail.

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Newt Gingrich and Jay-Z find Common Cause in a Prison Reform Proposition

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Jail survey: 7 in 10 felons register as Democrats

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Things to know before you vote

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Formerly Incarcerated Leaders Have Historic Meeting with Federal Interagency Reentry Council

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Poems From Returning Citizens

Mail Call

Darkness and Lonliness fill my cell
w/pain and fear too great to yell

I wait for the Mailman to deliver to me
As I wipe away tears that no one will see

I Pray so sincere with head raised above
“Please, God, soon send a letter of love”

I long to gaze upon pages so dear
with wishes to bring my loved ones near

Words of diamonds on pages of gold
A message from heaven as their story is told

“We Love you. Miss you. Pray you’ll soon be free”
A treasure filled envelope just for me

Please bring memories of joys I once knew
family, friends and things we used to do

The darkness and pain of my cell will prevail
As my name was just called for Mail
By Gerald Niemi

Forgotten

Forgotten by society,
Believed to be a monster,
Forgotten by destiny,
Since I was a youngster,

Forgotten by life,
In a cruel unusual way,
Forgotten and forgotten,
Day by day.

No on my side,
Everyone’s against me.
Cursed by everyone,
And no wants to bless me.

Seems like they were perfect,
To throw the first stone.
Shattered every dream,
And broke every last bone.

I want to run and hide,
But I’m exposed at last.
They see my sins
As if I was a Cinemax.

God give me strength
So I can lift myself up,
And please God, please,
Never let me give up.

The world resents me,
But your love for me is the same.
So forget the world,
I’m gonna do this in your name.
I’m gonna do this right
For You and my family,
And also to prove
I can be what I cannot be.

I’m a soldier at heart.
I come up when I go down.
I keep my head over the water
Because I refuse to drown.

Other people’s criticism
No longer means a thing,
Because, just like me,
They are only human beings.

So please God,
Help me on this journey
And help me overcome
The obstacles before me.
By Rafael Gonzalez

More to It

There's more to it than cuffs and crackles.
More to it than pain and shackles.
More to it than days and nights.
More to it than oozing life.
More to it than parsing crime.
More to it than counting time.
I woke and saw that pain's a blessing.
Judgement Day is life's undressing.
Caress what is to be your rest;
love, in time, will be your test.
To me there is a whole lot more.
A door to open many tours.
More to it, I count my breath,
how many whispers might be left?
Rudy Bisnauth

Embraces

Even after all these years
visiting day, I must say,
can leave me in tears.
To see loved ones I first strip naked
and consent to be degraded.
Needless to say
to embrace the faces
who journey the day
to this cold chalet
come in answer
to what I pray.
Being with those I love is joy
but too soon time flies,
then comes goodbye.
Josue "Big Bear" Pierre
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