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I received this picture of Daniel yesterday. It gave me great pause. Imagine how I feel knowing that this is where he lives. Everyday, all day. No windows, 60+ men, no privacy, no hugs.

Daniel is 26 years old. He has been locked up for 4 1/2 years now. He has not had any real-life experiences, yet he is growing despite his horrific environment. How can we expect men and women to live like this for years and then come home and find a stable life without all our support?

I realized that no matter what I am doing out here, he is still living in a world that few of you will ever understand unless you are impacted. This has to change. We can fix people. We have all the tools and resources necessary. What really needs to be fixed is public opinion. We can’t ignore the problem, we can’t just whisk it under the rug in hopes it won’t rear its ugly head, and we can’t pretend it doesn’t impact each and every one of us.

I don't say this at the expense of victims. I once was a victim myself.  Our desire is to make sure that when a man or woman returns to society after paying their debt they can become sustainable, productive citizens that make contributions to the community they live in.

I challenge all of you to stand up for what is right, speak up for what is the truth and show up for what is important, and I pray that you will continue to support the work of The National Incarceration Association. We are a dedicated group of people who are helping to create a better system for all of us.

Much love,

Kate