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The awe inspiring part of the story is not me, it is the fact that a transformation like that is possible in PRISON. It is this prison in particular, ISP, where stories like mine are becoming the norm, not the rare exception. If you had told me ten years ago that a prison like ISP was possible, I would have fell over laughing. I’ve never experienced a place like this where there is an actual culture among inmates who are striving to become productive citizens and self-actualized human beings. And yes!...we really use terms like “self-actualized” and understand its importance.

In June, I had the privilege of attending an academic graduation for inmates receiving their GED, high school diploma, technical certificates as well as associates degrees. One of the speeches in particular really struck a chord in me and highlighted the number of ways in which an inmate can succeed or fail based on a community of support. Mr. Cano, currently serving LWOP, speaks on this quite well and reminds me how grateful I am that my husband, too, found this community. With permission, I am posting his speech here. Names have been redacted for privacy.



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Please give Mr. Cano my congratulations on a job well done I know his sentence is LWOP, but is that subject to change? Anyone who betters themselves, works for it, earns it should have their day in front of the Board.
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Thank you for sharing that. I found it very powerful.
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Please give Mr. Cano my congratulations on a job well done I know his sentence is LWOP, but is that subject to change? Anyone who betters themselves, works for it, earns it should have their day in front of the Board.
Last year Ironwood saw several LWOPs commuted to indeterminate sentences and I know at least one was granted parole. So yes, it's possible for that to change and we're hopeful.
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My guy just went through a graduation around that time too. He told no one about it though
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