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This site is a collection of blogs written by inmates. It serves as a platform which allows them to share their individual stories, opinions, talents, and their inner thoughts. You can lock up a man, but you can’t lock up their mind. We support, understand, and believe that writing can be a great source of rehabilitation, growth, and healing.

Blogging is such a positive alternative when compared to all the misconduct that goes on within prison. Please help spread the word about InmateBlogger.com.

 

(This site is managed by Suzie Jennings.)

 

 

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  1. Thanks so much for this blog! It’s such a great idea. I have so much compassion and sympathy for the inmates and am so glad you are helping them. They are people who deserve our attention and respect, just like every other person. It is great they are rehabbing themselves.

    Also thank you for following my blog! I am so happy you liked it!

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  2. Thanks for the follow…love your idea with your blog. People in my area love to look at mugshots on those free mugshot sites and then share the photos on social media (to laugh/shame/fear monger). Most of the people on the mugshot sites are Native people…most live in poverty and struggle with addictions and other mental health issues. We have a large Native population here. I’ve often thought about doing something to see if I can help people here (white people) see that the people in the mugshots are human beings. Your idea is perfect for doing that. I’ll have to share it. πŸ™‚

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      • Suzie,

        I accidentally came across your blog site researching inmate pen pal sites. I do volunteer work for several men that are locked up. I was so happy to find this site I am sure they will want to do this. I also want to tell you I reached out to one of the bloggers on this site John McConnell. I believe we are meant to be placed in lives of others especially during dark times. I want to thank you for such a wonderful positive site for them to use their emotions in positive ways. If there are ways I can volunteer to help you please reach out thank you!! If the guys I work with want to submit things how do we do it? They don’t get WiFi they only have Jpay.

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      • Hi Sharlaine, thank you for the kind comment. Please do tell your friends about InmateBlogger, I’d love to share their writing here for the world to read. You can give me their name/ID number/state, and I will add them to my jpay contact list and I’ll also email them an introduction explaining how to blog here.

        Thank you for helping to spread the word by telling your friends, and thank you for reaching out to John, I’ll bet it brightened his day πŸ™‚

        Info on submitting blogs – https://inmateblogger.com/submitting-a-blog/

        my email – inmateblogger@gmail.com

        Suzie Jennings
        InmateBlogger.com

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  3. What I am reading here is a whole new kind of community, and I think it is great. You know, I suspect most human beings, if they are honest, have done something that was not right in their lives, or they have had something done to them by family members, etc. But all of you are rising above this from what I can see, and that is admirable.

    Now I am 76, and a married woman, and two years ago, after having breast cancer surgery, I completed a degree in Criminal Justice. But don’t back off in horror. My goal was to be a mentor and advocate for juvenile delinquents. Unfortunately I guess age was not with me in that one, or perhaps the fact that I have been ill. So instead, I just got appointed by the court to be an advocate/mentor for foster children. I will be a volunteer, but it is OK. We all have something we can contribute to this world. Don’t let wherever you have been or what you have been through or done hold you back. We can ALL change.

    Now I might not post on your blog a lot, but it doesn’t mean I am not reading all of your work. I am trying to get as much living and contributing into the time I have left on this earth, and I hope all of you will do the same. My own blog is called http://www.allinadaysbreath.wordpress.com. Do come and read what I share too. Thank you all very kindly. Life is short even at its best; let’s all make the best of it.

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      • Thank you very kindly, Suzie. I wish you nothing but the best in your life, and I think with what you are trying to do, you are really helping others as well as your own self. You are, in my mind, demonstrating that you are very responsible and you are working hard to do something worthwhile.

        I have read some of the inmates’ posts, and I see that a lot of them need help with their education, especially in writing. That is the sad thing about prisons. So many people who are in there clearly never managed to get a decent education in the most basic of things. Now I realize that may be because the inmates themselves did not attend or stay in school when they were supposed to, but at the same time, having been a teacher and paraeducator for children, I have seen with my own eyes how poor so many of the educational facilities are. The teachers are so wrapped up in meetings and paperwork that they leave much of the teaching to the instructional aides and paraeducators, and many of the classes are way overcrowded as well, so the children attending do not receive adequate help. One of the biggest requests I get for my tutoring services is to teach young people and children how to read. I also have been a volunteer too for Long Beach, CA Project READ, and most of the adult illiterate students cannot even read at the third grade level. There is absolutely no excuse for this.

        I realize that it takes all kinds of people in this world to commit crimes, but I think if more of them had more opportunities or realized their opportunities from being able to read, we might have less crimes. I am not one of those people to believe things without strong evidence, but when I worked with project READ, some of my most hungry to learn students were my juvenile delinquents. So something is very, very wrong with the system.

        Anyway, hopefully this blog project and perhaps opportunities to learn reading and writing and math will help those inmates who really want to change to learn what will help them a lot to start their lives over. Best of luck with continuing this project. You are clearly one of those “empowered women,” meaning that you are using everything you have and know to help others and to help yourself in the process too. Thank you again, Suzie.

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