I have been following Steven and Suzie for a year. When I feel down about the system it’s good to read about the lives of people who are happy even though he is inside. But most important they understand how important it is to try and help other inmates who have a story to tell and need a voice to say it with. One of the hardest things an inmate needs to overcome is the perception many people have about inmates. They don’t see them as human beings – they deserve whatever punishment the guards give them. They don’t deserve compassion even though many of them aren’t guilty or were given sentences that far exceed what it should be, because prisons are a ‘for profit ‘ industry and many businesses depend on slave labor to make the products you buy, and have no clue were made by inmates. More and more inmates are getting their stories told. More books are being written about the truth of what is happening inside. Steven has published a book that sits on my shelf. You will find it on his blog. Buy it. It’s well worth reading.

This is why I’m writing a book about Jamie’s story and why I have started a newsletter “Inside The Forbidden Outside” with the same title as the book. I just put out the first issue. You can sign up by leaving your email address at mynameisjamie2@gmail.com. In that issue is a link to an interview I did on the internet radio show – The David Snape Show – that was first aired on April 4th.

Please follow this to the original blog post and leave any likes on Suzie’s page. Have a great day! Sonni

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I had such a sheltered and spoiled background. I breezed through my childhood so fast that it’s hard to remember it. I wanted so badly to grow up and be an adult, a wife, and a mother.

I had a pretty awesome upbringing with loving parents, a big wholesome family, a kind religious community, and I was even a Girl Scout. But is it possible that sometimes things can be too perfect that you miss out on living and experiencing?

I have Stone City Blog on my mind right now. It is a collection of blogs written by men in prison, which I manage. Honestly, I’ve struggled with putting in all those hours helping men who couldn’t give me much in return.

I help men in prison share their voice with the world. At first, I choked on my own voice when telling people this. It wasn’t something I wanted to brag…

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  1. What a wonderful website you’ve created and I think it’s wonderful that you are giving inmates the chance to have their stories told and taking away many of the negative stigmas linked with them. Having a family member recently get out of jail I have been reading a lot on the subject and looking online (and at books) that can help me to empathize and relate more with what he went through. I recently read a really enthralling memoir about prison life by author Don Alfredano called “Real Men Wear Beige” (http://realmenwearbeige.com/). This book gives you a fascinating real life look at the criminal justice system as well as what life is like in state prison. The author manages to inject humor, insight, and deep emotions throughout his memoir. I couldn’t put it down. I think it would be a great book to add to this website and perhaps you might want to reach out to this author (his contact info is on his website). He is a musician too and might be a valuable contact for the future. I wish you the best and thanks again

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    1. This is great! Thank you for the information. I will definitely look up that book. Like most people I knew absolutely nothing about the prison system except for what was on TV or movies. I didn’t know anyone who had been inside. It wasn’t until after years of writing to Jamie that I realized his story needed to be told and started the blog. One good thing that happened is that other people started to write to him. His family pretty much swept him out the door. It was very hard on him when no one answered his letters. He has a son with my daughter who was born after he was locked up. They hadn’t been together for very long and even though she was great staying in touch with him early on, it waned. He wants so much to see his son and be part of his life but she hasn’t made it easy, and there were other things in her life that made it hard, too. I live too far away to make it to Tx very often. Last year I started writing his book. It is still in the first draft stage and I just hired a story editor to start going over it. There are chapters online. If you scroll down and find the first one “Inside the Forbidden Outside it will list all the chapters so far that have been completed but not edited. I just put out my first newsletter ( with the same name) because I just did a radio interview on the David Snape Show. I would put you on the top of my Christmas card list if you would share these things on your social media. As a new author, getting started and getting an email list takes ad lot of time. If you’d like to get the next edition of the newsletter in one month, which will be about more than the book, just leave me your email address or send it to mynameisjamie2@gmail.com. Maybe your family member would be interested. One thing I want to do is also tell the stories of people who have been released and what that transition was like – obstacles and successes – what the process is like in getting out. What you have to go through. I know quite a few inmates still in, but only a couple who have gotten out. Just food for thought. There is another book you can find at Amazon – and i recently wrote about him. Martin Locket. He wrote Palpable Irony. It is only recently published. There are more and more people writing. But changing people’s perception of what a felon is to being a person who is a human being is tough. Yes, there are some really bad people inside – but they are the minority, not the majority. Thank you Karen.

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