In Their Own Words ”

— Letters From Prison

“ I am currently an inmate at Lake Erie Correctional. The 
reason that I'm writing this letter is because I'm grateful and thankful for what 
Scars and Bars is doing in Ohio prisons. I believe one thing I'm missing in my 
life is a mentor to walk through life with. I found your newsletter laying around 
in the pod when I was at the reception prison in Lorain. I felt drawn to what you 
guys are doing. I began showing people the newsletter and everyone could relate 
to an article or two. I'm asking to be a part of what you're doing. I want to help. 
Is it possible that you could bring the prison tour here to this prison, Lake 
Erie Correctional? Can you bring your newsletters here too? I would love to 
hear back from you.” -Inmate (Lake Erie Correctional) 


“Thank you for taking the time out to come here and give us hope. You 
and your crew did more for us than you probably realize. Thank you for 
the opportunity to write this newsletter cause if I can reach out and just 
save one person with my story it would make going through this hard life 
worth it.” -Inmate (Northeast Women's Pre-Release) 


“You all were such a motivation and positive force during your visit to 
NEPRC. When I read the flier about you before you came, I knew I 
wanted to check you out. So cool and real! You stirred the fire in my 
soul. I'm about ½ way through an 8 year sentence for vehicular homicide. 
I'm married with 3 children. I have fought addiction for a long time. Finally 
I'm finding some freedom, I'm no longer empty inside. I feel called to speak 
to juveniles about driving under the influence and making responsible choices. 
Soon I will be guest speaker at Hiram college to speak to Seniors in high school, 
about 2,000 of them. Last time I went some where to speak, even though I 
was shackled and handcuffed I felt free. Like I was helping give back. Thank 
you for what you're doing. I hope to hear back from you and get your 
newsletter, I've been telling everyone about the Scars and Bars movement.” 
-Inmate (Northeast Women's Pre-Release) 


“I am a prisoner at ORW. I'm finishing up an 11 month sentence. I'll be 
out soon and I really want to do something different with my life. This 
way of life is all me and my family have known, and I want to break the 
cycle. I've got a 6 year old son who needs me. I'm the youngest in my 
family, I have 3 older brothers. Our dad skipped town before I was 
born. In all honesty, I'm pretty sure he was just one of my mom's 
tricks. She has no clue who he was. I was born addicted to crack, 
because my mom use it through her pregnancy. Since I was a young 
kid I can remember our house being a drug house. One of my earliest 
memories is my mother letting a dealer strip me naked at 6 and touch 
me so she could get high. My mom was always gone, or locked herself 
in the basement to get high. Before I knew it I was selling my body, 
stripping and smoking crack with my mother in the basement. There 
were a lot of older men in and out of my life. I thought they cared 
about me, but to them I was just a trophy and a sex toy. I went 
from pills to heroin to crack, and at 17 I began pregnant 
by one of my Sugar Daddys. It's only through the grace of God that 
I'm still here and being given a second chance at life. I know I 
need some sober, positive people in my life. People who can relate 
to where I've been. If you guys have any support you could offer me, 
to be honest anything way you can help me I would love to take 
advantage of it! I know it won't happen over night and is going 
to take a lot of hard work on my end. But I've never been more ready.” 

-Inmate (Ohio Reformatory for Women) 


“First of all I want to thank you and your posse' for an amazing time 
at the event you did at ORW! You all are such an inspiration. I've 
turned my life around, this is my second number and I'm realizing I 
was my own worst enemy. I am highly interested in your mentoring 
program, I would love to receive a mentor when I get out. I'm also 
interested in joining the movement. Thank you again for giving me 
hope.” -Inmate (Ohio Reformatory for Women) 


“I was at another meeting the other night so I didn't get the privilege 
of seeing you guys. But I could hear you next door. My cellmate came 
back and showed me your newsletter and I just think it's so great the 
things that you guys are doing. I just want to thank you for all that 
you're doing for inmates and ex-felons. I hope to meet you next time 
you come to ORW. -Inmate (Ohio Reformatory for Women) 


“When Scars and Bars came to ORW it caught my attention. I'm very 
interested in your program and what it can offer me when I'm released. 
I have 9 months left. This time I did 5 years, but I've been in and out of 
prison my whole life. I've done 21 years total. I want to make this the 
last time I'm incarcerated. I want to help juveniles before they get here, 
I want to give back to my community. I'm hoping I can link up with you 
guys when I get out. I want to change all the negative in my life into 
something positive. My help is limited out there and I need all the 
help that I can get.” -Inmate (Ohio Reformatory for Women) 


“Wow, what a moving experience! Listening to Patrick rap his story, I 
loved it. Really cool. I think what you're doing is awesome. Thank you 
so much for coming to ORW and sharing with us. I have to say I enjoyed 
your music and style more than any other I have seen here. I would love 
be a part of your organization, any way I could help. I would love to 
get your newsletter anytime a new issue comes out. This is my first 
trip to prison and I know it will be my last. Please stay in touch!” 
-Inmate (Ohio Reformatory for Women) 


“I wanted to write to let you know I love each and every one of you. 
To take time out of your life to come here means so much to me. I've 
been here for 5 years, and you guys are one of the best things I've 
ever seen come in here. You speak real life, truth and you keep it real. 
I loved your newsletter. I didn't get one but a woman in my cottage 
let me read hers. I'm looking forward to you coming back, when I 
saw you guys and heard you I felt right at home.” 
-Inmate (Ohio Reformatory for Women) 


"I recently had the opportunity to see "Scars and Bars." The 
message that you all brought was very liberating as well as 
encouraging. You guys are part of something great, what you 
do is powerful. I've been incarcerated for 10 years, and you 
guys are the first ones and the only ones that I have seen 
that have been where we are and actually took the time out 
to remember those of us that are still here. I will be out 
soon and I'm definitely going to reach out to you guys 
because what you do is vital." 
-Inmate (Northeast Women's Pre-Release) 


"I saw you last night at Northeast Pre-Release and it sounds 
like you guys are exactly what I need and want in my life. 
My family has left me with no mail or money and made me 
feel that no one loves me. When I was a kid from the age 
of 5 or 6 and on my dad, brothers and their friend had their 
way with me. You can read between the lines. Because of 
all this, I never wanted to marry. Eventually I did, he loved 
me and I loved him. We had two kids. But unfortunately 
my husband died in 1996. He hung himself and my daughter 
found him. She was a daddy's girl too and was devastated. 
I began smoking crack to hide my pain and eventually my 
kids ended up in foster care. I feel like God is making a 
way for me and helping me through the pain. I'm getting out 
soon and want some good sober people in my life to mentor 
and help me. Pleae help me, I'm so afraid. I want to do 
the right thing and have been praying God would send 
someone to help me. I believe you guys are what I need 
and want in my life." -Inmate (Northeast Women's Pre-Release) 


"I was really moved by your event here at Northeast Pre-Release. 
I would love to become part of your movement. I would love to 
help juveniles find a way out and off the road of destruction.  
When I was sentenced I was a very angry person, fighting 
staff and other inmates. Especially after losing my 26 year 
old brother to street violence while I was in here. And then 
my mother died of heart failure. Everyone in my family 
has either died or walked out of my life. I wondered 
if anyone cared if I lived or died. I tried to kill myself 
in prison and at one point had four teeth knocked out 
after attacking more staff members. Finally at one point 
in my sentence, I broke and realized the disaster my life 
had become. I reached out to God and decided to change 
my ways. It was like a thousand pounds were lifted from my 
shoulders. All the sudden good people started crossing my 
path and helping me on my new path in life. I can say I've 
truly changed. I would love to be a part of your movement." 
-Inmate (Northeast Pre-Release) 


"Your letter truly came at the right time, I can tell you that much. 
It was very encouraging. I've been through a lot. At one point in 
my life I found myself prostituting for crack and beer. I would have 
tears rolling down my face while I hit the pipe. I didn't want 
to live this way but was addicted. At one point I was abducted 
at gun point and raped. But everything in my life is finally 
starting to come together. I've truly had a spiritual awakening. 
I've been transformed. I now want others to know they are loved 
and it's not too late no matter what. I want to help other addicts 
and victims of  other traumatic events find healing. Thanks 
you so much, hearing from you was so encouraging and 
confirmed a lot of things for me. I will let you know as soon 
as I get out, so we can stay in contact. I'm very excited." 
-Inmate (Dayton Women's Correctional Institution) 


"Thanks for your support and wanting me to be a part of what you do. 
I'm working on my anger with the help of God and the classes I'm 
taking. I'm going to keep working on it in here and when I get 
out. I'm willing to go to counseling or whatever else it takes 
to change my life and take responsibility for my actions." 
-Inmate (Noble Correctional Institution) 


"I am so filled with joy and so excited and eager to meet you guys. 
Your letter has me in tears right now. I have to be honest, I never 
thought I would receive a letter personally to me so quickly. Your 
letter has brought me so much hope and strength. I feel so drawn 
to this movement. So at home if that makes sense. I loved the 
newsletter and am intrigued by your article. I would love to hear 
the song you share the lyrics of, what powerful lyrics! The words 
from Scars and Bars made me feel special, loved and wanted. 
Thank you for the encouragement, it touched my soul." 
-Inmate (Dayton Women's Correctional Institution) 


"Thank you for your reply and your newsletter. It was greatly 
anticipated so I was super excited to receive it. We are ecstatic 
about Scars and Bars coming to speak to our inmate mentoring 
program at Dayton Women's Correctional Institution. The girls 
we mentor are so broken at the core level. Our goal is to love 
them to wholeness with the help of Jesus and to address the core 
issues of pain, anger, abandonment, rejection, violation etc. A 
lot of them are love starved. I lived a very sheltered life prior to 
prison. I had a stable home growing up and worked as a registered 
nurse in the E.R., was married and had three boys. I grew 
discontent in life and things fell apart. I left a party and got in 
a crash. I cannot tell you how much I have had to struggle with 
guilt, shame and condemnation for the pain that I have caused. 
I was use to saving lives, not taking them." 
-Inmate (Dayton Women's Correctional Institution) 


"I've never had a felony before this. I have had prior D.U.I. 
convictions though, but haven't drank and drove in 7 years 
until this happened. This is a prime example of how one stupid 
choice can alter your life forever. I don't want sympathy, I did 
this to myself. I made the choice and now two people are dead. 
I never thought what I did was wrong. I never thought that I was 
the problem. Now, I see the error of my way. My heart aches for 
all those I've hurt. I am trying to find my way. I hope at least 
one person can learn from my story." 
-Inmate (Belmont Correctional Institution) 


"I first want to mention how flippin awesome your visit was 
yesterday. I'm kind of a loner. I have low self-esteem and 
struggle with my confidence level. I've struggled with 
a crack addiction for 18 years. I'm still trying to figure out 
who I am. Why am I here? I'm a little confused about 
my life and some times I still only picture myself doing 
drugs cause that's all I've ever known. I need some words 
of wisdom because I honestly don't ever want to disapoint 
my family or kids ever again. Please help me." 
-Inmate (Northeast Women's Pre-Release) 


“Your newsletter moved me. The simple fact that you guys do the 
deeds and compassionate action speaks volumes to me. I have never 
seen or experienced this level of support, encouragement and 
uplifting of my hope in my entire life. I really do appreciate 
Scars and Bars from the bottom of my heart. On behalf of prisoners 
everywhere in Ohio I thank you.” -Inmate (Lucasville Penitentiary) 


“You've played a major part in the impact of my recent choices to 
change my life and moved in a new direction. I want to be involved 
and help juveniles not end up in adult prison. I've got a lot of ideas 
for your organization that I think will help create new paths. Thank 
you so much for the chance to write an article in the newsletter and 
for sending me a copy of the final version. It's amazing for me to 
see it.” -Inmate (Ross Correctional) 


“I come from a rather rough life. I grew up with sexual, physical, mental 
and emotional abuse. I never learned how to handle it all. My dad would 
get drunk when I was a kid and want to fight me. I got lost in a rough crowd, 
snorting drugs and wound up in prison. You guys are doing a great work. You 
relate to people with the words you speak and the rhymes you speak. Things 
are rough for me right now, I haven't been getting any mail. It always feels 
good to hear your name called at mail call. You're words were extremely 
powerful yet very touching as well. It was a message I needed to hear, 
things I needed to be reminded of. I'd like to know what I can do to help 
you guys in what you're doing.” -Inmate (Noble Correctional) 


“I was asked to read an excerpt aloud today from your newsletter in 
which you spoke about your visit to this facility. I help run the inmate 
mentoring program here. We work with the higher security level inmates who 
are in trouble or struggling. We talk about forgiveness, grace and dealing 
with our anger. We would be honored if you would come here and speak 
to those of us involved in the inmate mentoring program. I've served 5 
years of a six year sentence and it has been a life changing, eye 
opening experience for me. I definitely want to do something like 
what you're doing when I get out. I would love to have one of your 
newsletters and would love to know more about what you do. Thank 
you for your service for “the least of these.” 
-Inmate (Dayton Women's Correctional) 


“I would first like to say that I truly enjoyed both of your 
visits to Belmont. You reach people in a unique way. As I sat there 
and listened to your performance and presentation an overwhelming 
presence came over me and brought me to tears. I really can't explain 
it. I felt things that I don't know how to describe. Things I want to say 
and ask you but I don't know how. It probably sounds crazy. I'm 
struggling to figure it out.” -Inmate (Belmont Correctional Institution) 


“I'm incarcerated at Dayton Correctional for Women. I've 
been to prison four times including once in Tennessee. I have 
spent the last ten years off and on in prison. I grew up in a very 
upper-class family. My parents are still together and gave me 
every material thing I wanted except what I needed.... love. 
They tried their best and I don't blame them for my predicament. 
I was sexually molested as a child and when I got older. Again I 
don't blame this for my situation it was my choice to come to prison. 
I had an abortion and the guilt and shame haunted me for years. 
A few weeks after the abortion I lost myself. My second son I had 
in prison while addicted to methadone. I've been an addict my 
whole life. In prison because of my addiction and baby I had 
to be isolated from everyone. I haven't seen or talked to my parents in
over 8 years. I haven't seen my children since I got locked up. When I
came back to prison, I lost it had a nervous break down and shaved all my 
hair off. But things have changed. God has delivered me and 
for the first time in my life I know my worth. I helped 
start an inmate mentoring program in here, it's the first in 
the state. Our lives are being changed and we're changing 
the lives of those we're mentoring. We were so motivated 
by Scars and Bars we would like you guys to come and visit 
with us and teach us more about how we can grow and help 
those we're mentoring. Also send us any newsletters and info 
about what you guys do, we want everything!” 
-Inmate (Dayton Women's Correctional) 


“I was in awe at the performance and presentation you did at 
our prison recently. The dedication and care of the Scars 
and Bars team was moving. I want to be a part of your success 
story with your help. I'm a 52 year old black male and started 
getting into trouble when I began doing crack at 41. I've been 
to prison four times. I've finally got clean and don't want to start 
again. I need help, a mentor would be a great thing for me. I 
think with the help and guidance of Scars and Bars I can get 
my life back and on the right path.” -Inmate (Belmont Correctional) 
“Thank you for the newsletter. I always enjoy it and it reminds 
me that I am not alone on the journey and there's still 
others holding on. It gives me immense hope.” 
-Inmate (Dayton Correctional Women's Prison) 


“I'm doing a 3 year sentence this time. But the crazy thing 
is this has been the best 3 years of my life. I was the leader 
of the biggest gang in this prison for a year and a half. That 
was until I got tired of the violence and hurting people. 
God helped me leave the gang and still be alive. I've got 
my life back on track and have since got an education, 
counseling and more. I've even helped some of the other guys 
leave the gang and get their lives together. I need a mentor. I 
don't want to let my family or children down anymore. I want 
to succeed and be a good dad. I need help when I get 
out, please consider helping me. I want to work with 
you guys when I get out.” -Inmate (Ohio Prison) 


“I've read the Scars and Bars newsletter and love what you guys 
are doing. I also want to change my life and help people not 
come to prison when I get out. I'm a writer and am working 
on writing my story. I'd love to write an article for your 
newsletter and help some people.” 
-Inmate (Ross Correctional Institution) 


“ I am currently incarcerated in Dayton, Ohio. I'm from Lorain 
County and have three children. I have no driver's license and 
no place to go when I get out. I heard you at a concert here at 
DCI and I was hoping you could send me any information 
that would help me while I'm in here and when I get out soon. 
I want to stay sober, keep a job and get my kids back.” 
-Inmate (Dayton Women's Correctional Institution) 


“Great to hear from you again. A lot of us get a bad rap due to 
sensational movies and documentaries about prisons. We don't 
all fit the typical description. Times get extremely hard and 
depressing, but I try my best to stay focused on hope and my 
freedom. Some days I don't want to live. The pain and depression 
weighs so heavy on me. Keeping in touch with you guys is the 
sunshine through the ominous clouds. Being confined to this 
place with no connection to anyone on the outside makes me 
feel like I'm literally dying. Thank God you guys check in on me 
and genuinely care.” -Inmate (Lucasville Correctional) 


“Thank you for coming here to share and do some music. I have four 
kids and want to sign them up for your camp. I've struggled with 
anger for years and am in here for hurting my son when he was a small 
child. I was upset over something else and took it out on him. I've 
been in and out of jail and know it's because of my anger being out of 
control and not dealing with stuff. I'm learning to take responsibility for 
what I've done and my decisions and am getting help. I would like to 
help other parents not to abuse children like I did. Thanks for listening 
and keep doing what you're doing. You give hope to people like me.” 
-Inmate in Ohio Prison 


“Hey man it was truly a blessing to receive a letter from you! For you to say that 
you guys want to drive 5 hours to see me when I get out is amazing and just blows 
my mind. But it shows me two things: God is moving in my life and that there are 
still people out there who care.” -Inmate (Belmont Correctional Institution) 


“I speak for both me and my brother, when I say we want nothing more than to get 
involved with your program. I believe this is the turning point for both of us. I 
want to personally thank you and the rest of the Scars and Bars members. If it 
wasn't for people like you all, a lot of us would not know people still care about 
us. I really feel like it's my turn to give back. This time I feel different, I have a hunger 
to succeed and I know with people like you on my side I can make it.” 

-Inmate (Belmont Correctional Institution) 


“I was at the meeting you did at O.S.P., I'm the guy with tattoos all over my 
face and body. You shared your music and story with myself and some other guys 
there this past Sunday. I would like to thank you for coming. I really look forward 
to you coming back as much as possible. There's nothing better than listening to 
someone speaking about hope that you can relate to. I could really relate to you and 
your story. I'm really willing and trying to turn my life around. I want what you have. I 
saw how happy and satisfied you are. I want to come home and be successful. I'm not 
coming home to be a failure again. I'm asking you for as much help as possible. I like 
your newsletter too, how can I get all of them?” -Inmate (O.S.P. Super Max Prison) 


“I'm 28 and have a 24 year sentence. I grew up on the streets of Youngstown with no friends 
and was picked on everywhere I went. I was made fun of because my mom was a drug 
addict and we were poor. I grew up in a rat and roach infested house and felt like the 
only way I could stop the abuse was to get violent. I'm reaching out for help and 
guidance. Sometimes I feel like I'm losing my mind being locked down for 23 hours 
a day. When you came to my prison it made me feel better and gave me hope that 
maybe someone still cares about me. The newsletter reminded me people still 
care and there is still hope.” -Inmate (O.S.P. Super Max Prison) 


“ I really do appreciate you taking a part of your day to write me, especially when I 
have family that won't. Just hearing from you guys is good encouragment, showing 
you care and support me.” -Inmate (Lucasville Prison) 


“I'm so thankful that it's on your heart to start and outreach program for us. I believe 
a way will be made for you to expand to a Columbus location and my wife and I would 
like to help make it happen when I get out soon. I'd like to help any way I can.” 
-Inmate (Noble Correctional) 


“You inspired me with your music and your words. I knew there was something 
I was suppose to do when I get out. I truly believe Scars and Bars is what I'm suppose 
to get involved with to help me change my life. -Inmate (Noble Correctional) 


“Thank you for coming to our prison today. I'm going to the parole board this 
year after doing 20 years. I would like to know more about what you guys do 
and how to connect with you when I get out.” -Inmate (Noble Correctional) 


“I would like to sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming to Noble Correctional. 
I love hearing from people who really care about helping others. Everyone needs someone like 
you guys and a mentor to inspire them to do more with their life. Thank you for showing me 
the hope that I can achieve something different for my life.” -Inmate (Noble Correctional) 


“I've been incarcerated for 22 years, and most definitely have a burning hunger and desire 
to live a different life than what I've known. I don't ever want to come back 
to prison. Whatever it takes, I'm willing to do.” -Inmate (Madison Correctional) 


“It was an honor to hear you at Noble Correctional. I recognize your music and event as more 
than just entertainment. It breaks through our barriers and bridges gaps. I would love to help 
start a Scars and Bars in Columbus when I get out this year.” -Inmate (Noble Correctional) 


I attended your presentation at Noble and was deeply moved. Your story is inspirational. 
I must admit that I'm not much of a hip hop fan, but your lyrics really hit home for me. 
It was like a call to my soul, I was really moved. I think you have started something great 
and I want to get involved in any way I can. I need help, and when I'm ready I want 
to help other people.” -Inmate (Noble Correctional) 


“ My name is Eric and I'm on my second prison term. I'm 26 and a recovering heroin addict. I was involved 
in a prison gang, stole, fought and gambled. But recently, with the help of God I've started to change my life. 
I'm getting out soon and need help when I get out. I would like a mentor. I'm locked up with my brother too. 
He has changed his life as well and we both would like to help out Scars and Bars when we get out.” 
-Inmate (Noble Correctional) 


“Thank you all for coming to see us. I believe you've touched my life and also my future. 
I can honestly say I'm at peace because of your work. I was molested from age 5 until I was 
10 or I grew up with a lot of pain and anger. In fact my anger landed me in prison. I was raped 
and assaulted while in the county and was then medicated heavily for Post Traumatic Stress 
Syndrome. I've been in prison for the past 16 years, but will be getting out in 4 months. I 
was drawn to your first meeting because of the name “Scars and Bars.” After hearing your music, I
felt like no one was in the room except me and that you were talking to only me. Ironically, I felt at
peace and not once did I want to run. Instead a calming sense came over me.

I've since been to many meetings with different groups, but only when 
I am around you guys and hear you is there this strange sense of peace and calm that comes 
over me. I truly want to thank you for coming. You mean a lot to us and have touched many 
of us deeply. I can say I am starting to slowly find healing.” -Inmate in Ohio Prison 


“Thank you for your message of hope and care for inmates. Those of us in prison don't 
receive too much support from the outside. Family and friends tend to disappear after we're 
imprisoned. When Patrick spoke, I felt a small glimmer of hope in this abyss of despair. This 
means a lot to me since I have no one in my corner” -Inmate (Lucasville Penitentiary) 


"I just want to let you know I'm on my way to rehab. I want to thank you for 
all your support and coming out to the girls Detention Home. Drugs took over my life. 
I'm only 15 with a record of an adult. As a kid I was beat up by my dad and watched 
him sell and do drugs as I was growing up. I thought drugs were the only way, it 
was normal. Now I'm on my way to rehab. It's been hard, but I'm not giving up. I've let 
God in and His light and I want to thank you for the support and showing me the way. 
I'll definitely stay in touch and let you know how I'm doing!" -Juvenile Inmate in Ohio 


“I personally don't know you but I have a tremendous amount of respect for you and 
what you do. I don't like when people try to preach at me but haven't been in my shoes. 
But you've walked in my shoes and I believe if God changed you, than He can definitely 
change me. My father died when I was 10 and it crushed me and sent me in a downward 
spiral. I've been in and out of prison my whole life. It's hard to express myself, but I want 
to change. What you rapped about today touched me, it sent a message to me. I'm tired of 
just existing, I want to change and I want a new life.” -Inmate (Madison Correctional) 


“Thank you for coming back to Madison and sharing what you did. You're the first 
group I've seen that has come in here that I feel sincerely wants to help guys like me. 
Your non-judgmental approach I know will help me transition to life beyond bars.” 
-Inmate (Madison Correctional) 


"Holidays are especially tough. Your letter has given me a reason to press forward 
towards my goals. I've never really had someone believe in me and advocate on my 
behalf. It's surreal. Thank you very much!" -Inmate in Ohio Prison 


“First and foremost I want to thank you for coming to see the women at Dayton Correctional 
Institution. I know your music touched me. Your songs are absolutely incredible. The words 
just lifted my spirit right up. Music has always been an outlet for me. I hope to one day be 
blessed enough to have the opportunity to hear you perform again. You definitely made at 
least 1 fan and D.C.I..” -Inmate (Dayton Women's Correctional Institution) 


"I met Patrick at the Detention Home in Elyria and I just wanted say his story about his 
brother touched me and it has helped me to become a better person. I just wanted to 
say thanks." - Juvenile Inmate in Ohio) 


"I'm shocked that you guys actually wrote me back after I wrote you. I watch this 
religious channel and I wrote them and they only wrote me once to ask me to send 
them money. It's encouraging to see there are still genuine and loving people out there that 
just frankly care." -Inmate (Lucasville Penitentiary) 


“Thank you for the message you shared with us at Madison. I grew up seeing my dad beat 
my mom up, we lived in a car and I was molested repeatedly when I was 6 years old. I've 
been in and out of foster homes and prison my whole life. At one foster home my foster dad 
threw hot coffee on me because he was mad at me. At one point I was on a mission to kill 
myself by overdosing on heroin hoping I would pass out and never wake up. But after being 
sent to prison this last time, God has transformed my life. When I heard you talk chills went 
through my body. You're words connected with me deeply. I would love to get involved in 
what you guys are doing.” -Inmate (Madison Correctional)