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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." 

VIVETT'S BLOG

July 9, 2017

Being a teacher who is also married to a man who is physically incarcerated in a New York State correctional facility gives me a very in-depth and parallel view into the direct correlation between education and the trend of mass incarceration that has steadily grown in...

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...

March 10, 2017

I used to be ashamed of my relationship with John, ashamed of our marriage. Not because there was anything internally troubling going on. Quite the contrary. I had found more peace spending time with and getting to know him in that prison visiting room  than I'd ever e...

March 5, 2017

A smile came across my face a little while ago as I just finished reading this amazing article, From Inmate to Inspiration, about John Valverde, a man who I, alongside my husband John, recently had the pleasure of meeting personally while attending and speaking at an O...