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Unacknowledged Victims of the DOC

FAMILY INDEX

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IS THERE ANY HOPE?

QUIT BEING A MOM?

UNACKNOWLEDGED
CHILDREN

TODAY I WALKED
WITH MY DAD

THE OVERCOMERS

COOKIES FOR GUARDS

BIG CRIME
LOVING MY SON

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

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SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

DANNY, MY BROTHER

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BEHIND BARS
AND FORGOTTEN

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PREJUDICE AND PASSION

GIVE ME A BREAK

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LONG AWAITED VISIT

A CRY FOR HELP

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COURAGE IN
THE FACE OF FEAR

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A GUARD'S VALIDATION

STANDING WATCH

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WE'RE NOT DONE YET!

TELEPHONE CALLS

HEARTBREAK OF THE FAMILY

DOC, FAMILIES, AND INTENSIVE CARE

WHY THE FAMILIES?

HOPE

THANKSGIVING

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ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

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THE PRISON CHAPLAIN

SUPPORT 1

SUPPORT 2

SUPPORT 3

SUPPORT 4

SPECIAL PROJECTS

DOC FACTS

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BOGUS DRs
How to Reverse Them

RESOURCES

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FBI CITIZEN COMPLAINT

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CHALLENGES

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SMUGGLER'S TALES

FLORIDA PRISONS

PRISON WORKERS'

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OUT-OF-STATE

The Heartbreak of the Family

FROM:Joann Ferris<fjoann@yahoo.com>
TO: Kay Lee <kaylee1@charter.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 17:50:29 -0800 (PST)

Hey Kay,  Hope all is well.  I wish our time together could have been longer, there was so very much that I truly need to talk over with you. Maybe someday I will get the change to pick up where we left off.

There was so very much that I wanted to do. Now with my health getting so bad, I can only pray that the day will come when Jeff will come home to me again before it's to late.  Each day when I open my eyes, I give thanks to the lord for a new day and hate Florida a little more.

I'm happy to be with my grandkids, just to watch their faces each day makes my day a little bet brighter. But "HAPPY" I will never be without my Jeff. For he truly is a very big part of my life.

The stress I deal with each day is more than I could ever put into words. My mind and my heart are as much in prison as he is. I go to bed each night and wakeup each morning with him on my mind. Each phone call brings tears and yes, more stress to me. And now there are no weekend visits.

All I can do is pray that I'm around to make that visit once again someday. When I was in Florida it made me happy to know that I was in the same state, now I wonder what's going on down there. And hate the fact that we are so very far apart. Maybe someday that will all change. All I can do is pray. 

But you see I have a very special friend named "KAY LEE"  who spends lots of time fighting for the INMATES who are forgotten by  most. I pray for her too each day. I ask the lord to open up those Walls and make the light shine in for all to see. MAYBE just MAYBE that day is soon. Then I will welcome a little more happiness into my life.

Thank you Kay for the time we had together, I will always be an e-mail away.
Joann


Hi All!
For most of you Jeff is well, He called here last night to find out what was going on. I guess he heard a little more than he wanted and is a little upset over some of the things that have been tryed. As they say " Do away with the family and bring on your friends. That doesn't mean all the family, just the ones close to you. Well anyway it's nice to be back. To my Family in Arkansas (Cassie Donnie, Charles, Di, Debbie and my Brother Eddie who's always there for me, And My godson Zack!! Love and miss you guys LOTS AND LOTS.

And to Kay Lee I'm back in the fight!!!!! And to all my friends, I hope to hear from you all once again real soon.
Joann Ferris

From: Stingett8@cs.com
Sent: Monday, December 30, 2002 6:09 AM
To: crosby.james@mail.dc.state.fl.us
Subject: Visitors

Dear Mr. Crosby:
I would like to know if any of the Region II prisons let their visitors attend worship service with their inmates on Sunday morning worship? I have a loved one coming up for review in February and he is at Minimum custody and may be getting transferred to a work camp. He is DR free and a model Inmate. He has taken Kyros and Bridge Builders and he is going to also take an EE ministry course.

We were told that some camps let the visitors attend church service with their loved ones. How could I find out which camps do let the inmates' love ones attend church service with them?

I know that you are a busy man but I talked to you a year ago over the phone and you helped me and my loved one with a problem that was going on at one of your region II camps. And everything worked out great. I thank you for all your help. You are a blessing.
Thanks so much,  Patty


From: Crum, PeggyCrum.Peggy@mail.dc.state.fl.us
Sent: Monday, December 30, 2002 11:02 AM
To: Southerland, Kim (Chris) Southerland.Kim@mail.dc.state.fl.us

Subject: Visitors

Can you assist?
Thanks,
JVC,Jr./pc


From: "Southerland, Kim (Chris)" <
Southerland.Kim@mail.dc.state.fl.us
To: "' Stingett8@cs.com
CC: "Crum, Peggy" Crum.Peggy@mail.dc.state.fl.us
Subject: RE: Visitors
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2002 13:38:05 -0500

Thank you for your recent inquiry. Your correspondence was forwarded to this office for review and response.  Per Department policy, visitors are allowed to attend institutional church services if consistent with security considerations.  Therefore, each facility will determine if visitors are allowed to attend services based on security decisions as well as worship service hours.

I hope I have adequately addressed your concerns.  If I may be of further assistance, you may call me at (386)496-6709.

Chris Southerland
Correctional Services Administrator
Office of the Regional Director
Region II

*Anyone who cares about someone inside eventually has to deal with the DOC.  Although professionals wearing the DOC uniform do exist, we have found DOC employees generally either pass the buck, deny everything, give bad information, or be just plain rude.  We've found most of them unhelpful, dishonest, stubborn, secretive, etc etc.  Some are friendly while not giving you answers, and some are not.  But the majority of them tend to be abusers of their authority, and every abuser has a victim...

Their unacknowledged victims are every loved one on the outside who has to pray while looking for answers to find one helpful human being in the DOC.  Their unacknowledged victims are also you:  Those who will pay for aftercare of unemployed ex-prisoners, those who will risk contracting contageous diseases from sick ex-prisoners, those who will be attacked by mentally unstable ex-prisoners:  In one way or another we all will eventually pay a great price for the foolish policies of today..

For those few DOC employees who, during this period of mass incarceration, prisons for profit, and get-a-bigger-hammer approaches,  remember they are dealing with human beings, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 

I give gold stars to professionals like this, so please, if you find one, send your nominations for deserving employees. Include name, facility, and a summary of why you want to nominate them to:

Kay Lee
kaylee1@charter.net

Pacific Institute of Criminal Justice
2683 Rockcliff Road S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30316
404-212-0690

Making The Walls Transparent