Stories

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Incarceration, whether one’s own or that of a loved one, is a personal experience that many people don’t share with others for fear of judgment. However, this silence prevents those with a loved one in prison from receiving helpful information and support during this difficult time. The CIP Initiative is hoping that through the sharing of each other’s stories those going through similar challenges will feel less alone, and people with shared experiences will be better able to support each other. As more Connecticut stories are shared, we are also hopeful that people will realize just how common incarceration is in this state, and that the consequences extend far beyond prison walls.

Connecticut Storytellers

Please click on the name of a storyteller below to hear them describe how incarceration has affected them. If you are interested in sharing your story with the hope that it may benefit others, please e-mail us at CTCIP@ccsu.edu.

Nishka’s dad was incarcerated when she was 4 years old
Two members of Katherine's family were incarcerated
Stephanie shares her experience of visiting her dad in jail
Giselle's granddaughter tries to build a relationship through visitation
Michelle was sentenced to 41 months in prison, she was pregnant during her sentence
Finding a way to support family during and after prison
While incarcerated, Gregory attended group meetings held in the prison
Impact of family support and guidance
Robin’s brother was incarcerated when she was 15 years old
Richard shares his experience of growing up without parents

Storytellers from other places with similar experience

Watch this brief, 3 min 11 sec, video of an adult daughter describing her father’s arrest and incarceration. It is incredible. Here is what the producers say about the film,  “He said, ‘I Hope I’ll Be Back Soon.'” The policemen didn’t say anything. They just left her there. Decades later, she’s still waiting”. – Lori White