Incarcerated Seniors Deserve a Chance to Come Home for the Holidays

Yes! 12/13/21: “I entered prison as a wide-eyed child at the age of 16. I still remember the sound of the gavel when I was sentenced to life without parole. The judge in question even admitted that he regretted how sentencing laws in Pennsylvania tied his hands to make such a ruling in my conviction for being a lookout to a drug-related murder. For the next 27 years, I remembered the strange feeling of holiday dinners, often in a different prison every other year, and I resigned myself to the fact that I would never celebrate the holidays with my family. But that didn’t stop me from striving to be a better person and hoping that one day I would have the opportunity to demonstrate it and earn my release.

Today, there are 150,000 elderly incarcerated people in prisons around the country who will be separated from their families during the holidays. That number is likely to be higher, as the latest statistics available are from 2016. This is a travesty that must be addressed as we deal with a mass incarceration crisis.”

Read the full op-ed here.