Mama Zee

Is someone you love behind bars?

 

I want to hear your story

“…so common is the prison experience that the federal government predicts that one in eleven men will be incarcerated in his lifetime, one in four if he is black.” 

Quotation by Joseph T. Hallinan from his book entitled

Going Up the River: Travels in a Prison Nation

 

 

        America presently incarcerates more than 2 million men and women.  There’s little doubt in my mind that many of us may know someone who is behind bars.  This statement is not written to judge whether the incarcerated persons are guilty or not.  It is being written because of my new awareness regarding how many lives are impacted by these incarcerations. 

 

        Let’s look at my personal story as a demonstration of what I mean.  My son is presently incarcerated at Holmes Correctional Institute in Bonifay, Florida.  His incarceration touches the lives of his mother, his two sisters, his wife and his four children.  That’s eight lives that have feelings, thoughts and reactions regarding this particular young man and I’ve only scratched the surface.  I wrote several letters to my son soon after his incarceration began only to have them returned to me unopened.  There was no explanation regarding why those letters were returned to me so I became frustrated and confused.  I thought that my son didn’t want to communicate with me.  But, that wasn’t the case at all.  After a month or two passed, I learned from his wife that he’d been moved to another facility.  When I wrote to the new location, my letters were welcomed by my son.  Now we communicate regularly.

 

        I began to think more about people who are locked-up as my conversations with my girlfriends and associates revealed that they too knew someone who was incarcerated.  One of my dearest friends visits her fiancé weekly in a local jail.  She was quick to tell me how important it is for the inmates to receive mail and to have visitors during their incarceration.  According to my friend, if these simple things don’t go on, then the authorities at these facilities assume that no one cares about the inmate and then the inmates may be treated poorly.  Isn’t that amazing?

 

        So, now you’ve heard my story and I’d like to hear yours.  Perhaps you’ve experienced some problems with a visit or with your mail to an inmate.  Perhaps your loved one is locked-up and you don’t know how to contact them.  I’d like to help you find a solution to that problem.  In the short space of time that I’ve become serious about this subject, I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of resources that could be helpful.  I’ve also researched some impressive facts which appear below:

 

·         1,483,896 men are incarcerated

·         114,420 women are incarcerated

·         For every 100,000 black males in America, 3,138 are incarcerated

·         For every 100,000 Hispanics in America, 1,259 are incarcerated

·         For every 100,000 white males in America, 481 are incarcerated

 

        There’s an old saying that states, “It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the oil.”  So let’s talk about it and perhaps together we can find ways to change some things. 

  1. Today's Best
  2. Top Shows
  3. Best of BTR
    1. Loading

      The Do's and Dont's of Fantasy Trade

      Oh that lost art of the fantasy sports trade.. In this week show your Hero Dennis Farrell and his guest Ed Pevos work out the do's and don't of the fantasy trade. With tips,tricks and the tools to help and protect yourself vs any trade sharks in the water who smell blood.

    2. I Love Me, I Love Me Not

      In the season of love we find ourselves focused on what other people think - about us, our relationship status, our place in life, and many other things that don't truly matter. But, what about that all-important love that all too often get’s missed - self love?

    3. Tribute to golf legend Billy Casper

      Ann's classic interview, a tribute to golf legend the late Billy Casper who talks about his most important wins, why he feels he wasn't recognized on the same level as Arnie, Jack and Gary Player, despite his incredible record and lots of fascinating stories.

    4. Powerlifting and Positivity

      Donnie "Super D" Thompson knows a thing or two about lifting heavy weights. He earned himself the nickname "Mr. 3000" by being the first human to total 3000lbs in powerlifting back in 2011.

    5. Gleneagles Falconry Instructor

      Steve Burdett, Falconry Instructor at The Gleneagles Hotel, talks about the history of falconry. He explains the different types of birds used in falconry and how they each have different purposes.

    6. Value of Human Interaction

      Derek wants to talk with you about the value of human interaction.

    7. Matt Sitkoff from NHL.com

      NHL On the Ice welcome Matt Sitkoff from NHL.com to talk fantasy hockey and the NHL season with us.

    8. Kristin Naragon, Director at Adobe

      Two-thirds of marketing directors say they are unhappy with their current email solution providers. Kristin Naragon with Adobe says the time is ripe for change.

    9. Defensive Back Keith Lewis

      This episode features discussions surrounding the New York Jets options in free agency and the NFL draft. Also an exclusive interview with defensive back Keith Lewis.

    10. The Demise of the American Mafia

      Interviewed George Anastasia, Author, "Gotti's Rules The Story of John Alite, Junior Gotti, and the Demise of the American Mafia"

    11. Newsweek's Matthew Cooper

      From LBJ to Hillary Rodham Clinton, politics is this week's subject on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with LBJ's top advisor Joseph Califano, Jr. and Newsweek's political editor Matthew Cooper.

    12. Sacred Success

      Barbara Stanny hits it out of the park with her 8th book, Sacred Success.She speaks to where we're at in women once and for all not assuming men in our lives are more savvy, educated or equipped to create financial safety and freedom.

    13. The IQ of ADHD

      Host Jeff Copper interviews Dr. Thomas E. Brown on the impact of ADHD on intelligence and whether those with ADHD can have a high IQ. Dr. Brown was inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame and received an Award of Honor from ADDA for his excellent work in ADHD.

    14. Critical Impact of Hiring Management

      How important is the recruiter or hiring manage when it comes to the hiring process and experience of a job seeker? Rayanne will chat with a seasoned hiring professional about the critical impact.

    15. SNL Writer Sylvia Traymore Morrison

      On the heels of Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary, "Somewhere in Vegas" throwback to an interview with SNL's first female African American writer Sylvia Traymore Morrsion.

    16. NHL On the Ice

      NHL On the Ice welcomes Dave Fischer, Senior Director of USA Hockey, to talk about Hockey weekend across America and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey on the 35th Anniversary of their historic win over the Soviet Union.

    1. Loading

      Small Business Unstuck

      Host Barry Moltz gets small businesses unstuck. He has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 15 years. This is a business radio show where he shares all the craziness of small business. It’s that craziness that actually makes it exciting, interesting and totally unpredictable.

    2. America's Most Haunted

      Official Internet radio show of forthcoming epic paranormal investigation book by Eric Olsen and "Haunted Housewife" Theresa Argie.