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It’s every prison wife’s dream… homecoming. Not all couples will get to experience it. There are Life without parole sentences (natural life), there are inmates on death row, and there are people with longer-than-life sentences but all of the couples seem to hold out hope for a miracle.
For couples facing re-entry it’s exciting, it’s emotional and very stressful. It’s MWI couples first time being intimate, their first time living together, they may have families to integrate all while managing the adjustment of life outside in a world that isn’t exactly welcoming. But no matter what’s ahead, there’s someone waiting at the gate ready to start a life together.
Sonny’s Prayer Song
While Sonny was serving 31 years in prison he became a respected elder; leading songs, drum circles, prayers and sweat lodges. On his first day free he sang this prayer, thanking the Creator.
A homecoming celebration aims to welcome them with open arms.
Written by Sarah Willets
Love Between the Bars
In an interview, Jo discusses what it takes to build a solid, long-lasting relationship with a man in prison, through the good times and the bad times.