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Father’s Day…

I was working in the prison factory, UNICOR, as a quality assurance clerk.  One of my co-workers was a younger, tall, handsome guy who spent a lot of time doting over his daughter.  The arrival of her latest picture was always cause for his joy and pride.  I’d guess the little girl was maybe 3 or 4.  He’s not alone.  More than 2 million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent.

Prison Warehouse

Prison Warehouse

Jimmy was in for transporting several pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car “for a friend.”  He said it wasn’t even his and he wasn’t in the business.  He toked and enjoyed a beer from time to time, but mostly, from what I could judge, he was just a working class guy in the construction trades with a young family–and a fateful decision. more…