Hear From System-Impacted People

Evelyn Fulbright

I had a severe cocaine addiction for 15 years.Instead of offering some type of drug treatment, I was put on probation without services and then revoked. I cycled through the system because I had a drug problem and my root issues weren’t being addressed. Today, I am a nurse at a drug rehab center. God saved me out of that world, and then brought me back to help others.

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Tanya Hale

We were told not to hug or touch - any physical contact was treated as a sexual offense. That needs to change, because people need that contact. Everyone needs support and simple human contact, especially while going through treatment.  Anyone fighting cancer should be given access to clean living conditions, regular showers, appropriate medical care, and contact with their loved ones. Incarceration should never strip a person of these basic necessities, especially while undergoing treatment. Incarceration should not strip a person of their dignity. That is not rehabilitative and it is not humane.

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Kristie Mayhugh

If I could change anything about the Texas criminal justice system, I would change the rehabilitation process for those who are incarcerated by providing better and more education programs. I would improve the process for reentry back into society by making sure people had job skills, support to find jobs, a place to stay, and transportation.

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Lori Mellinger

The most challenging thing upon reentry was getting everything I needed to start my new life: documents, an ID, a Social Security card, clothes, transportation to and from appointments, etc. Once I got through those things, I felt like I was on better footing to tackle the rest of my issues.

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Natalie Baker

The system doesn’t prepare you for freedom. For the first few years after release, the most difficult aspect was living with the felon label. As a convicted felon, you are forever a second-class citizen, and the social stigma against you is a very real thing.

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