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!
As Christmas day approaches, I can’t help but think of all those behind bars who won’t be sharing the joy of Christmas or other spiritual holidays with their families. They won’t be having home cooked turkey, or decorating a Christmas tree, or throwing a snowball, or sharing a hot chocolate with their children and family.
So, I am praying that they each know that someone out here is thinking of them and sends them hope for a better future. I hold out hope that they will see their way to turning their life around and living life to the fullest when they are released. When they have served their time and paid their debt, I sincerely hope that they will not give up and return to old ways, friends and habits. I hope they will take their second chance to live with society, not against it.
For those who are in solitary, I hope you keep faith that things will get better. Look into your self for strength and you will find it. Look to your family for the strength to help you maintain in these dark days.
As sad as I am today for my son, I know there is always hope and that with a positive attitude and the help of their loved ones, they can make the transition from felon to free person.
My thoughts are also with those millions of loved ones and family members who are sharing my sadness for their loved one who is incarcerated. You are not alone.
This is re-blogged from Prison Policy Initiative. With 2.3 million people incarcerated in the U.S. that makes us the biggest mass incarcerator in the world!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 8, 2015
Contact: Bernadette Rabuy
brabuy [at] prisonpolicy.org
Easthampton, MA — With 2.3 million people locked up in more than 7,000 correctional facilities operated by thousands of agencies, getting the big picture is anything but easy. Today, with the publication of Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2015, the Prison Policy Initiative provides the answer to how many people are locked up in the U.S., where, and why. Building upon our groundbreaking 2014 report that, for the first time, aggregated the disparate systems of confinement, this updated version contains further detail on why people are locked up.
As we discuss in our report, looking at the “whole pie” allows us to cut through the fog to answer key questions such as:
- After state prisons, what is the next biggest slice of confinement?
- How does the number of people that cycle through correctional facilities in a year differ from the number of people locked up on a particular day?
- How important is it to ending mass incarceration that we reform the policies that increasingly detain people pretrial?
- How many people nationwide are imprisoned because their most serious offense was a drug offense?
- How does the number of people in correctional facilities compare to the even larger number of people on probation and parole?
Armed with the big picture, Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2015, gives the public and policymakers the foundation to now consider the types of changes that would end the country’s reign as the number one incarcerator in the world.
The report is available at: http://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2015.html
Keri is an example of someone who has changed her life and devotes it to making the public aware of her story to help others.
Keri is an example of what can happen when people are given a chance.
I’m excited to say my Goodreads giveaway was really successful. 426 people entered to receive my book, Waiting on the Outside. I’ll be mailing out the books to the five winners right after the fourth. I hope they enjoy it and pass on the information to others who might know someone who has a loved one incarcerated.