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Most of you are aware that for the past 26 months I have been setting up meetings with people to talk about Daniel’s case, tell his story, and offer solutions. I have built solid relationships with people who are in high level roles. I have been on several committees involving Judges, DA’s, police, educators and health professionals.

If you have a child in prison, you are right there with them.

May 23, 2014

I had another defining moment today…. Tomorrow will make 19 months for Daniel being locked up. Most of the time I can deal with it, but sometimes a gripping anger comes over me as I think about his day to day life in the ‘chain gang.’ That’s what they call it inside. We are in the ‘free world.’

March 23, 2014
I felt particularly sad this morning, something I have not felt in quite some time. In fact, people often ask me how I can be so happy. I say that I thank God every day for allowing my son to be free from the demons of heroin addiction.
In the last three weeks, three more kids died,  all 20, all from Johns Creek. All victims of a broken system. My son is alive. And for that, I am grateful.

Thangsgiving has always been my favorite holiday, and continues to be so albeit with a tender heart. My family's new normal is getting a little easier, but the road is still long and winding.

Over the past two years I have learned so many things that are driving me to become a powerful voice in the area of criminal justice. I have written two essays, the second will be published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on December 5th.