#MYPOTENTIAL

My Potential is a digital storytelling project that highlights individuals affected by America’s criminal justice system, including leaders in the field, union workers, currently and formerly incarcerated individuals, and their families.

Tyrone

By | Formerly Incarcerated, Stories | No Comments

You go into juvenile hall and you learn stuff, stuff that a nine-year-old isn’t supposed to learn. You learn how to manipulate. You really learn how to lie. You really learn all these bad things that later come in handy when you hit the joint and you’re exposed to older inmates.

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Andrea

By | Formerly Incarcerated, Stories | No Comments

It’s incredibly difficult to parent from a prison payphone. Most of the women who are incarcerated are mothers, and most of them did not have the means to afford the phone calls…They had to literally decide between buying feminine hygiene products and making a phone call home to their children. Most of the women who are incarcerated in prisons across this country are mothers, and most of them were the primary caretakers of their children.

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Eddy

By | Formerly Incarcerated | No Comments

We are always told by adults what it is to be good and or be bad; yet we don’t realize that the environment that we live in creates a lot of those narratives….When we place education second to incarceration; that is what feeds the system.  

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Kenneth

By | Incarcerated | No Comments

My life is way more than my criminal record. My criminal record speaks of what I’ve done wrong. My life since then has changed laws in Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia, and Florida. Even a bill for automatic restoration of people having the right to vote when they get out of prison.  

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George

By | Formerly Incarcerated | No Comments

Probably my earliest memory was witnessing my father – when I was 3 years old – trying to kill my mother. The violence that was produced in my home, I reproduced on the streets later against other men that looked just like me because I look like my father.

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