RCR! Presents Real Discussions
Topic: Life After Incarceration ~ A Woman's Story
Air date: March 19, 2017
Often times, people immediately tend to judge others who have spent time in prison. It's not taken into account, that people don't always make the best decisions. Also, the motives that drive them to make those choices can be deeply rooted.
Breaking the law in areas or cities where the smallest of crimes can provoke long jail time, is the never the right thing to do. However, some people break the law to be seen as cool and to have a sense of belonging is what some inmates have done to be accepted.
Being sexually violated and finding a way to lash out by way of stealing and forging checks became an outlet for 'Christy'. Christy knew what to say to get her 11-year sentence reduced down to 9 months. However, she knew what to say, do, get the time reduced, be let out and continue to do it again.
Having an addiction is what she said about her struggles with the law. She was in denial about the fact that she even had a problem. As time went on, instead of her leaving a life crime, she had criminal problems in 2 states now, instead of just one.
She knew that she was meant to do more with her life than this. Her dream of becoming a Registered Nurse and being able to help people, never left her imagination. Christy realized that she had a problem and that a change would have to come soon. She began to see changes come in her life and opportunities became available to her only by the grace of GOD.
Christy was very transparent with us as she shared how, why and when it all started for her. Life in the prison system is far from cool, but for Christy, she thought it was.
Being able to turn her life around by making better decisions is why she's been out of the prison system for 20 years. Christy was able to get her LPN and RN while in and out of the prison system and now is a mom, an author working on becoming a minister.
Christy's journey consists of helping other people, especially women to stay out of prison by being equipped to make better life choices and decisions. Being able to reach and connect with young people as well is another goal on Christy's list to achieve.
To keep yourself in a posture that's always learning...
~ Forgive yourself for any mistakes, you've made
~ Learn from your mistakes
~ Share with others so that certain cycles are not repeated
...and as always, continue to #ROCKon
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