I have recently run across a great blog called Inmates Matter Too (IMT). Like this one, it provides information about prisons and inmates and provides support for their loved ones on the outside. This is taken directly from the website: Source: Inmates Matter Too.
“IMT provides supportive and encouraging posts on Facebook, as well as updates on our prison system and programs helping those inside grow and gain the tools they need to be successful in society, blogs written by prison inmates and community members, a newsletter for inmates, resources to help inmates and their families and with more plans in the works with the expansion of our website.”
It is organized and managed by Jennifer R., who is providing valuable information and is also promoting work by inmates. One of those is inmate and published author, Martin Lockett. His posts range from a post about compassionate care in prison by prisoners, to a well written article about how much prisons cost taxpayers and how little they are getting for their money. Who would pour billions into a company that’s failure rate was almost 70%? Well, we the taxpayers are. This just brings to light how many changes need to be made in our penal system.
Please take a look at this blog and let me know what you think!
This Saturday I will be going to a training session at Hope for Prisoners. There are three sessions where people who hope to become mentors for someone in the 18 month program at Hope for Prisoners learn the what, where, how and why. After I attend the class, I will let everyone know how it went. I am sure there will be some talk about setting boundaries and how to motivate someone who hasn’t had much motivation in a long time. I am really looking forward to it.
Not just anyone can be a mentor. You need to have a desire to do it and a commitment for the entire period. There is also a background check. You can be a mentor if you have been through the program as a participant too. In fact, those people have an advantage, as they know exactly what a person has been through. They are shining examples that people can make a turn around and change their lives. You don’t have to be recycled through the system time after time. There is hope!
This weekend I am going to visit my son in Beaumont Texas USP. There are lots of hotels in Beaumont, but if you are short of funds, or just would like to be around others in the same position, there is a hospitality House nearby. All they ask is you follow their rules and give a donation if you can afford it.
Shepherds Inn provides free lodging for families of inmates in South East Texas and is run by the Christian Life Crisis Intervention Organization. Below is a description of what they offer.
Shepherd’s Inn is a hospitality center located in Port Arthur, Texas. The center provides lodging and meals for families of inmates during weekend visits, to disaster victims who’ve been displaced, to patients receiving medical treatments and families visiting loved ones in the local hospitals. As well lodging accommodations for Youth & Adult Mission Group, Disaster Relief Groups & sponsors Opportunity Camp for at-risk youths. Shepherd’s Inn is a home away from home for our guests. It provides a peaceful place to so many. If you are in need do not hesitate to contact us, it is our mission to help those in need and to share the love of Jesus.
Their web site is: http://christianlifecrisis.org
Their phone number is: 409-736-3980
By the way, Beaumont USP has similar rules as most federal prisons. You cannot take anything in except money for the vending machines and you cannot wear any clothing that is the same or similar coloring to the inmates. (Kaki or green at this facility) Be sure to bring your identification and make sure you are on your loved one’s visiting list.
Wish me luck this weekend!
I am always looking for websites that have links for resources for inmates or their friends and families. I found this one and it has a LOT of resources listed.
This quote is taken directly form the website:
(We produce a directory that is free to prisoners upon request, and seek to work in solidarity with prisoners, ex-prisoners, their friends and families. We also work with teachers and activists on many prison issues. This work includes building action networks and materials that expose the continuing neglect and outright torture of more than 2 million people imprisoned within the USA; as well as the 5+ million who are under some form of surveillance and control by the so-called justice system.)
This site has a lot of links for resources. I did find that some of the pages are no longer available or don’t work, however there are enough of them so that it is worth a look to see what is available.
One of the resources listed I am interested in is “The Pen” This is a site that has a prison writing program for those who are incarcerated. You can find them at: https://www.pen.org.
There are also a couple of prison library projects who’s aim is to make books available in prisons.
I feel if inmates have the opportunity to read and write, it gives them a pathway to being able to find jobs and keep from returning to prison.