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The Last Mile

About The Last Mile

The Last Mile is a privately funded business entrepreneurship program for incarcerated people in selected correctional facilities in the United States. The Last Mile participants are a very select group of people who have worked hard to improve themselves emotionally and intellectually. These people are determined to succeed, to give back to their communities, and to live fulfilling lives.

Hope From Within

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By Joe Demerson Inmate, San Quentin State Prison, California ——————————————- Hope Definition:  A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Synonyms:  aspiration, desire, wish, expectation, ambition, aim, goal, plan Hope fuels the promise that I will have an opportunity to share the goodness within me, with the world. I knew from… Continue Reading →

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Hope…From An Unlikely Place

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By Harry Hemphill San Quentin State Prison —————————– Hope is the power to fuel change and help people. Hope enables groups overcome barriers and strive for something different. What does hope look like for you and where did it come from? How do your keep it alive? Hope is faith that allows me to visualize… Continue Reading →

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I Will Be Successful…When I Am Released From Prison

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By Ray Ho Inmate, San Quentin State Prison ————————————– I know I will be successful, in many ways, I already am. I am a first time offender and I am fortunate compared to many other men in prison. I don’t think a day goes by without being conscious of the gift that life has given… Continue Reading →

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Regaining My Self Worth

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Phoeun You San Quentin State Prison —————————- I will not preach about why I am in prison or how bad I was before I entered prison. However, I will share with you my experiences about how stressful life is inside prison and how bad it is to be doing time. Imagine yourself as a lifer… Continue Reading →

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My Flowers

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By: Joseph Demerson San Quentin State Prison __________________ Give me my flowers while I live. (Tweet-worthy!) You’ll never know tomorrow’s tears. Give me my flowers while I live. You just might help me conquer my fears. Fondly you know how short life is. So give me my flowers while I live. I like to smile,… Continue Reading →

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How Do You Stay Positive Everyday?

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By James Dillard Los Angeles County Jail (Twin Towers) ——————————————- I think back to the way I was living my life prior to being arrested, and remembering that most of my days merely blended into one another because more often than not my drug addiction kept me awake around the clock. I can remember always being in a… Continue Reading →

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The Hole In My Chest

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By Harry Hemphill San Quentin State Prison —————————– One of the most difficult issues I’ve had to overcome while being incarcerated, has been the overwhelming feeling of abandonment and loss. I once knew the contentment and happiness found in the comfort of a stable home; the devotion of a loving wife, the admiration of children,… Continue Reading →

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What Drives You To Stay Positive Every Day?

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By Juan Tillis LA County Jail – Twin Towers –––––––––––––––––––––– I stay positive because of my belief in God, in his inherent mercy, and his unfailing love of me. I stay positive because of my ex-wife, Dionne Davison, who reminds me that I still have a light that shines about me. I stay positive because… Continue Reading →

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How Has Your Life Changed Behind Bars?

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By Tommy Winfrey San Quentin State Prison —————————- I remember that moment when the gavel dropped all too vividly. I had just turned 20 years old and there really was no doubt in my mind that I was going to be found guilty. I remember being numb to what was happening. A few weeks later,… Continue Reading →

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Sage Advice Before Entering Prison

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By Michael Nelson San Quentin State Prison ————— The most important steps to beginning your incarceration are: 1. Observe: Don’t jump at the first opportunity to gain the acceptance of your peers. Watch how everyone around you interacts with one another. Listen to their language, how they speak about people when they’re not around, what… Continue Reading →

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My Prison Identity

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By Chris Schuhmacher San Quentin State Prison —————- I believe that being in prison has definitely become part of my identity. Not in the stereotypical fashion that would leave me cold, hardened, and covered with tattoos, but in the way I’ve worked to transform my life over the past 14 years. Before coming to prison,… Continue Reading →

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How Do You View The Concept Of Hope?

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By Tim Thompson San Quentin State Prison ——- Hope is a great thing. Maybe the most important thing that a human being can have. In life, people tend to judge their circumstance by whether it is better or worse than someone else’s. For instance, I see men here at San Quentin every day who are… Continue Reading →

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