A Critical Society

Join in as Monalisa has a panel-fashioned discussion on the mental state of society toward person’s who are incarcerated.  This video examines society’s mental issue with being overly critical. #PWIC, #PWICUS

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Merry Christmas


To my PWIC family, remember to stay encouraged, and have a very Merry Christmas.

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Crime While Incarcerated

Why do inmates break the rules while in prisoner?  Is it because they are innately malicious people who are harmful to themselves, society, and lack self-control?  Probably not.

In a report by, inmates have the same basics needs as anyone else.  In 1943, Abraham Maslow identifies five primary needs that we as humans have.  The needs are: physiological, safety, love, esteem,  and self-actualization. #PWIC, #PWICUS

If an inmate, for example, is deprived of one of these needs such as food, they are likely to engage in misconduct.  The same is true for those in society.  If some of you miss a meal, you may feel angry or unhappy.

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Mass Incarceration in the US

Mass incarceration in the United States is a heavy topic that is too often overlooked.  Today, America has an uncanny reputation of being the leading jailer in the entire world.  According to, the “‘tough on crime’ politics of the 1980s and 1990s fueled an explosion in incarceration rates.”  By the year 2010, there were over “1,267,000 people behind bars in state prisons, 744,500 in local jails, and 216,900 in federal facilities.”

These disturbing statics reveal the harsh reality of American society: there are too many people “locked in cages.”  Moreover, tax payer dollars are being used to fund local, state, and federal penitentiaries.  The United States alone spends “over $80 billion on incarceration each year.”  More shockingly are the alarming numbers of drug related crimes committed by both whites and blacks. states that “Blacks are incarcerated for drug offenses at a rate 10 times greater than that of whites, despite the fact that blacks and whites use drugs at roughly the same rates.”  The reason for this could relate to varying factors.  Perhaps blacks are caught more often for being too overt, whites may have a boarder network of drug suppliers which makes it harder to trace drug activity to them, or there could be the very hard truth that racial profiling is still alive and well.  Either way, something must be done.

If a crime is committed, there should be repercussions for those who committed those crimes.  However, by the United States doing its part to help educate families and communities about the horrors of negative behaviors, perhaps the number of incarceration rates can be “cut in half by 2020.”

This is why ACLU has begun the Smart Justice Campaign, so that Americans can begin to “reduce the U.S. jail and prison population by 50% and…combat racial disparities in the criminal justice system.”  This act will be geared toward “all 50 states for reforms to usher in a new era of justice in America.”

Mass incarceration can be a thing of the past, but actions must be taken in order to make it a reality.  Together, we can make a difference.

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Strong Relationships: Prisoners & Families

The breakdown of familial relationships is a harsh reality faced when a loved one has been incarcerated.  Remaining present in the prisoner’s life may seem to be a chore.  After all, as a loved one of a prisoner, you still have a life that must be managed.  You must maintain your daily living cost by working, you must shop for essential needs (food, clothing, etc.), you may have social circles or organizations that require your attention.

Throughout this process, it can be challenging to maintain the relationship with your incarcerated loved one.  According to, maintaining the relationship is vital, particularly in the way of helping you prepare for the prisoner’s release (when that time comes).  Learn more by clicking here. #PWIC

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They Need Us

Has a loved one recently been released from prison?

If so, take time to view Monalisa’s discussion with two mental health professionals who provide much-needed re-entry resources.

Share your experience about the tools you have used to help a loved one after prison. #PWIC, #PWICUS

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Forgiveness: Letting Go

Ana Holub discusses the essence of the common but meaningful term, forgiveness, in her article titled “What is Forgiveness.”  So, what exactly is forgiveness and how do we forgive?  Below is an excerpt from Holub answering this very question.  Here, she explains why it’s important to forgive, and how doing so allows us to move forward.


I sometimes call our forgiveness journey a jump into the River of Love. In this course, you will learn that Life gave us our experiences to show us that NO MATTER WHAT, the River of Love will float us home to a deep sense of inner security and serenity. This experience of forgiveness teaches us to release our sadness, and find gratitude for the lessons we’ve learned… 

In the traditional view of forgiveness, a common element is that a crime occurred. If there was no crime, there’d be no need to forgive! So, if you feel that forgiveness is what is next for you, you’ll need to find the crimes in your life story. By crime, I mean any transgression that seemed to cause you pain, sadness, anger, fear, or other emotion that you did not want to feel at the time. It could have been as large as a rape or murder, or as small as a nasty look or icy silence.

…it is never the events that cause us to suffer, but rather how we interpret the situation. It is possible for one person to feel great anguish over something that another person wouldn’t mind at all. Even dramatic acts of violence can have different effects on different people, depending upon what the people involved think about what happened.


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Relieving the Stigma

Monalisa openly shares her story about having an incarcerated child, and the beauty of gaining a strengthening prospective during the entire experience. #PWICUS, #PWIC

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