eTown eChievement Award - Prisoner Express - Gary Fine

Prisoner Express creates an opportunity for incarcerated men and women to get information, education and a public forum for creative self-expression. Through their newsletters and programs, they step through the isolation and alienation of prison life – with the goal being to bring hope and foster a sense of community among the prisoners who participate.

eTown eChievement Award - Prisoner Express - Gary Fine

A Message from a prisoner who received help from Prisoner Express:

“My name is Miguel Velasquez. I’m 22 years old (23 next month) and I’ve been incarcerated since I was sixteen years of age. I’m serving a 25 to life sentence. I haven’t been able to give back to my community much since I’ve been in, but it doesn’t mean I don’t want to.

I’ve never been able to be a part of something positive as a youth. With the environment you guys have created with this program I feel like I’m part of something positive and it gives me hope.

A lot of individuals have given up hope on prisoners, but as for me I believe in the good I am capable of and I see you guys believe the same. I appreciate your time in this.”

—Miguel Velasquez

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