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A blog about news and issues concerning men and women returning to society after incarceration.

Ego: For Men (But Women Should Read It Too)

A guy is a lump like a doughnut. So, first you gotta get rid of all the stuff his mom did to him. And then you gotta get rid of all that macho crap that they pick up from beer commercials. And then there's my personal favorite, the male ego.-- Roseanne Barr

Now what was she talking about?  What's a male ego?  I think I know.  Stay with me and read this with an open mind.  Maybe it has happened to you before:

So you’re walking down the street and this limo pulls up to the curb and it's doors…

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You will never be successful, until you turn pain into greatness.  We all have different chapters in our life as we age, we grow and learn that time waits for no one.  Stop allowing pain to write every new chapter of your life.

Pain is like a time traveler that we allow to ride on are your  shoulder.

Pain is only something you give power to.  By revisiting it, your relive it, remembering all the hurt.  And the pain brings you to tears.  Sadness fills your heart and mind.  I know...

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Testimony of an Ex-Felon

I want to share my testimony with you all and spread the word of God’s will and the blessings that he has bestowed upon me. I am so grateful for the person I have become through the grace of God.  My name is Celia Colon.  

As a teenage mother, I chose the gang life and, as a result, went to prison at the age of 18 for attempted murder and armed robbery.   I lived through it all; abuse, neglect and I saw death first hand. In August of 2000, after 6 and 1/2 years I was released.  I had...

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Keep the Dust on a Little Longer

Someone said that the people who commit violent crimes deserve their punishment.  I agreed with her statement.  But then she washed her hands of it.  “Hey, it was their choice,” she said.  “If they lived their life right and under the principles of Christianity, they wouldn’t be in that situation in the first place.”  Also true.  "After all,” she continued, "Jesus never saved anyone against their will.  He told the Apostles to shake the dust off their feet as a testimony...

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Getting arrested creates a record that will remain with the person for the rest of their lives.  Even if found not guilty, the record remains and can lead to trouble getting a job, housing and anything that requires a background check.  Fortunately, there is some relief but action must be taken because criminal records never expire.

On May 21st, I attended the monthly CSAC West meeting held at the 15th Police District building on Madison St.  The meeting every 3rd Thursday of the month...

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