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The Power of Mentorship: The Call of the Church

(Editor’s note: This is an ongoing blog series about Mass Incarceration and the Issues Around Reentry by Miea Walker. Miea writes from her personal experience of incarceration and the criminal…

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The Invisible Barriers to Reentry: Brokenness and Shame

"What do you see when you look at me?" As a little girl growing up I always wondered what people saw when they met me. I would constantly fret – racing thoughts would flood my mind as I dissected my conversations with others wondering if somehow my words betrayed me by exposing my pain and anguish. Do they know my secret? Did they know at the age of 5 my first job was the gatekeeper for my family? Do they see my shame? Can they feel the brokenness emanating from my words? Please don’t see me.

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Locked In Solidarity: A Call For Action

Today is the day I choose to walk out my truth. I am a former offender and I was incarcerated. I have been home for three years and during that time I experienced some of the best and worst moments of my life, specifically carrying feelings of shame and guilt.

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