“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” — Viktor Frankl
Shortly after Valentine’s Day 2019, I fell in love with an incarcerated man. I was elated. Micheal was everything I wanted in the man I knew I’d marry: compassionate and witty with a great smile to boot. But whenever I spoke about my relationship — eager for support and acceptance — even my most open-minded acquaintances reacted with
I remember the first time I opened up about my…
When I ask her about it, she recalls an emotional rollercoaster. 16 years into her husband Adam’s 213-year federal sentence for a string of armed robberies — in which no one was physically harmed — the Supreme Court issued a decision in Johnson v. The United States that struck down a portion of the federal Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) and re-defined the term “violent felony.”
The same year, Adam’s petition for clemency made it to the White House. He had proved himself to be a model inmate — a clean disciplinary record, speaking engagements at national conferences, a…
It’s 2 PM on a Friday and I’m standing at the back of room 218 at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse in Washington DC, wedged between a wooden bench and the wall. The room is packed — a gentleman in joggers and a suit coat stands immediately to my left while another holds the door open behind me. A young child kneels before me, on the floor. A young clerk, visibly flustered, runs back and forth with stacks of plastic chairs.
My friend Halim Flowers, a “juvenile lifer” and DC native, takes a seat on a wooden bench up front.