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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." 


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...

March 1, 2017

School and education are topics that come up constantly between John and me. He loves my book smarts and level of education. He tells me this just about everyday; yet, although he is very intelligent in his own right, he totally dislikes school. I just don't understand...

March 1, 2017

Governor Cuomo has just proposed to limit visiting at New York State maximum security prisons to 3 days a week instead of the current 7.

If passed, this measure will cause suffering and separation for thousands of imprisoned people and their loved ones.