Maternal Incarceration casts a long shadow

In the next few weeks, two Changed Choices clients will be able to celebrate the holidays with their children. After years of incarceration, each mother will be able to hug their children, sit across the table for a meal, and wrap Christmas presents themselves. “They had to do the time right alongside me.” Did you […]

Prison work and wages

Nearly 2/3 of people incarcerated in state and federal prisons work-almost 800,000 people.

The power of film in sharing the incarceration journey

Last week, Changed Choices partnered with Matthews United Methodist Church in hosting a showing of The Sentence. This documentary gives a behind the scenes view of the impact of mandatory minimum sentencing on women and families. Our audience engaged with powerful questions, and eager to hear more. Being Free, by Roadtrip Nation, follows three system-impacted […]

Prison Mail Access and Limitations

The initial goal was simple: mitigate the flow of contraband moving into state and federal prisons by changing the flow of communication. In February of 2020, North Carolina Department of Public Safety tested this theory with the implementation of TextBehind and mail to the female incarceration population. Mail posted by family or friends to a […]

No Known Inmate

When we picked up the mail last week, these words were stamped across each envelope addressed to our remaining client awaiting sentencing at Mecklenburg County Detention Center. She has been held since 2018 awaiting sentencing; most people are held at the detention center for less than two years. After multiple stops and starts, she finally […]

The Pencil Chronicles

Writer: Heather Westerfield I am a 37-year-old mother of two and currently incarcerated at the  Mecklenburg County Detention Center. I have been in jail for a little  over two years and reading and writing have become major tools for my  survival. I have been on a quest to better myself and use my time wisely […]