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3 Reasons Mental Health is Critical Post- Incarceration

Did you know that across our nation, people with severe mental illness are 3X more likely to be in jail or imprisoned before being in the care of a mental health facility? So basically, our country locks up individuals battling mental health or have unaddressed mental health issues, they do not get the treatment they need during their incarceration (because prisons aren’t focused on mental health) and then…. 90% of incarcerated individuals are released back into society with worsening symptoms due to carceral environment, disconnection of loved ones, complete loss of everything that gave them sense of purpose and not

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300 Truth Talk: What it’s like to be a WIFE but also a SINGLE MOM due to Incarceration

Q & A with T.H| strong ass wife & mother A Real Conversation with a wife & mother who is in her 3rd year of juggling parenting, worklife,full financial responsibilities, commissary & prison visitations all with her two beautiful baby girls ages 7 & 3. Not to mention the day-to-day, ups-and-downs that come along with life. It is an honor for women to hold space for me and talk about their current emotions, daily struggles and viewpoints of living life with their husband being incarcerated. I lived both; being an incarcerated pregnant mother & coming home feeling the weight on

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Amanda, Wife, MOM, Felon… but Never Fell OFF

You are a mom, wife, entrepreneur, founder of an organization but most importantly a FELON. What a joke right, no matter how many things I do right, I will always be a felon in the eyes of every person who does not know me in this society. No matter the effort, mindset or work I do to improve my life, the lives of other people; I will still have to declare “Felon” on any application I fill out but you know what….. I will not allow it to get the best of me. I decided a couple of years back

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Felon but Never Fell Off, A True Story; Episode 1:

My name is Carmen de Jesús and I am a WIFE and MOTHER of two beautiful children. I am 27 years old and my Incarceration started June 5th, 2017. At the time, I was a single mother to my 2-year-old daughter trying to make ends meet. I had separated from her father and was the sole financial provider for my daughter. My background was a Military-Christian style upbringing and I had constantly felt like the black sheep of the family, wanting to always challenge authority and do things my own way. Little did I know my rebellion was going to

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Felon but Never Fell Off, A True Story; Episode 2:

Hello and God Bless You, My name is Alex and I would like to share my story with you. I was born and raised in Miami, FL. My parents were immigrants that came to the USA in the mid 80’s from Nicaragua. I was raised in a good home and I always had good examples of positive men and women around me. Elementary and Middle School were good years for me up until the 8th grade when I began to get in fights at school, that translated to high school and led me to drop out of school at the

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Legend, Husband, Father, Felon… But Never Fell Off

Here I go. Putting fingers to keyboard. Thoughts to action. Heart to words, for the first time since being back in the “free” world. It took some time to get to this point. The point where I feel I could write about my experience over the last 7 years of my life and somebody would even give a damn. But here I go. It felt safer the last time I did this. I knew that there was only one person on the receiving end of my entry, my wife (Amanda Santiago at the time but now Tarver), who loved every

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The next step in the 300 Letters vision…300 Blog

A lot of people don’t understand the pain, isolation, stigma & heartache that Incarceration brings to families. Just like many life changing events such as divorce, losing a job or a loved one; incarceration strips you of your identity and society ensures that you are forever marked for one decision you made. 300 Letters is putting in so much effort into creating the BIGGEST community ever for people affected by Incarceration. Our blog will be full of resources, advice , connections and LOVE ❤️ we need your support to make this happen and remind everyone that they are not alone

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