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" The more transparent and truthful I became in my sharing of myself and my experiences, the more my voice resonated with people from all walks of life "

-Vivett Dukes

" Mass incarceration is affecting you too — whether you choose to acknowledge it or not." 


April 22, 2017

"Greetings. I am a African-American male whom would like to inform you of what prison is truly like behind the wall. 1st of all the experience is differently totally from why's broadcast to the public on television. My experience these 10 years has opened my eyes to re...

April 14, 2017

To be honest, more than likely it [prison] is what people think it is. What people need to know is that prison is what you make it. The one thing I would like society to know is that people do change. Not all of us do, but there is a good percentage of those who actual...

April 6, 2017

Dear Vivett,

Thank you for being my Belle in these hard times. Prison destroys people more than society knows or cares to know about. Most people think prison corrects bad behavior, or at least they would like to think so. The Department of Corrections promotes alternat...

April 2, 2017


When John and I first reconnected, being in a relationship and getting married was not on the forefront of my mind. About a year prior, I had gotten out of a very long-term relationship and was finally taking the time I needed to attend to myself in a way that I had...

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