Inspirational Prison Stories

The theme is simple, whatever sentence that you have to deal with, make the most of this time to improve yourself for your release.  To illustrate the struggle, there are some sayings in prison that inmates repeat, especially to new inmates and inmates that are not dealing well with their incarceration:

"Prison either makes you or breaks you"


or


"Do your time; don't let your time do you". 


There are more than a few inspirational stories that have emerged from prison.  People who rise above the norm and do incredible things to prepare for the challenges that await them when they are released.  Browse this section and read some of these selections.  If you are getting ready to go in, with the right frame of mind, you can become an inspiration, too.


Articles
Bible College Helps Some at Louisiana Prison Find Peace
A church inside the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, one of many in the sprawling prison, draws about 200 inmates for biweekly services.By ERIK ECKHOLM  -  October 5, 2013ANGOLA, La. — Like most of his fellow inmates, Daryl Walters, 45, can expect to spend the rest of his days in…
Virginia’s Richmond City Jail inmates dance with daughters - reminded to stay out of jail after released.
Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. US News | George Zimmerman Trial | More ABC News VideosBy Steve Osusami/ABC News  -  Jun 27, 2013 All of the prisoners at Virginia’s Richmond City Jail admit they made poor choices, and could be better fathers.“I am definitely failing as a parent…
Inmates who complete a drug treatment program in the Durham County Jail leave with tools to succeed
Keith Upchurch  -  Jun. 27, 2013DURHAM —Inmates who complete a drug treatment program in the Durham County Jail leave with tools to succeed, according to an official who helps oversee the effort.Peter Baker, assistant director of the Criminal Justice Resource Center over jail and court services, said 437 Durham County…
Sesame Street addresses children who have parents in prison or jail
The 'Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration' program aims to help children and caregivers deal with a parent's incarceration.(Photo: Gil Vaknin)Molly Vorwerck, USA TODAY  -  June 25, 2013From the ABCs to do-re-mi, Sesame Street has covered it all. Now Big Bird, Elmo and the gang are addressing a new topic: prison.Sesame…
James Gandolfini became a quiet backer of Marty Tankleff who was wrongly convicted of killing his parents
James Gandolfini became a quiet backer of Martin ‘Marty’ Tankleff, a Long Island man who had been convicted as a teenager for killing his parents. With the aid of the actor, Tankleff was able to successfully get his life sentence overturned. ‘He got involved with my situation where others were…
Geico commercial bodybuilder Kali Muscle from inmate to icon
Bodybuilders are often stereotyped as self-obsessed, two-dimensional ogres who mindlessly lift slabs of metal in their vainglorious pursuit of aesthetic nirvana.They are creatures of humdrum routine – dieting, exercising and sleeping with an eye on the clock at all times, day-in-day out, like Buddhist monks on swole, hungrily eyeing their…
Inmates using time to better themselves upon release - open businesses
By Makenzie Bowker  Sun June 02, 2013 NEED TO KNOWMike spent six years in a Texas prison before starting his construction businessJeff, who owns a printing company, is celebrating his 5th year of freedom this summerBoth business owners employ ex-felonsWouldn’t it be nice to have a “restart” button for your…
Colorado prisoners make connection to kids in prison reading program
Inmate Ricardo Garcia took part in a program where he was recorded reading a book at Sterling Correctional Facility. A DVD of the reading will be sent to his nephew.(RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)By Kirk Mitchell  -  The Denver Post  -  05/25/2013STERLING — Eric Miller is doing time in prison…
Inmate firefighting program at risk
For decades inmate fire crews have helped battle wildland fires in the county— File photoBy Dana Littlefield  -  MAY 17, 2013SAN DIEGO— One of the consequences of a 2011 state law aimed at relieving prison overcrowding is that it also reduced the pool of lower-level offenders eligible for inmate work…
Oregon inmates get cuts for Locks of Love
by Cathy Marshall, KGW.com  -  May 9, 2013 WILSONVILLE, Ore. --- It’s not the traditional setting for a beauty salon, but on Wednesday, behind prison walls in Wilsonville, dozens of women had haircuts and donated the trimmings to Locks of Love. “It’s a great cause,” said inmate Jennifer Hinde who’s…