The Amends Project: Mission Statement
With forgiveness, compassion, acceptance, and a higher meaning at our core; The Amends Project is building a community of people dedicated to opening the minds and hearts of greater society by shedding light on the positive progress incarcerated people are making while seeking redemption.
For many years, I have tried to help my brother but did not know how. Let me give you some foundation; he has been serving three life sentences in maximum security prison since the age of 16. I have watched him grow and become an amazing person over the past 28 years (really 43 years). I have always felt sorrow for all the victims of senseless crime, please take no offense. I believe in human rights and a respectful freedom of expression. I collaborated with my brother and two others to gather stories from inside. I am using this platform to share their words and art that expresses sadness and sorrow. It is my belief, we all should be able to hear what the inmates think about all day. Are the inmates even sorry? If so, what are they saying and doing, how are they doing it to change behavior? They do not need to come out per se, but can a human be reformed? Prison overcrowding is a whole other topic, so what are we doing to reform and house people safely when they do serve time. Do they feel anything in there?
Nothing can take away what or who has been lost, but hopefully we can all learn and grow from each other so we can make a better society. It is my hope to be a source to those seeking inspiration, help, or understanding. This is the beginning of this blog, but it came by way of being my senior project in college. I am just learning all the ropes and will be editing along the way. Please be patient. With where I come from, college has been a big deal. Just before my final semester, I decided to ask my professor to allow me to own the role of advocate and blogger and be intentional about it. I started writing about my brother, my thoughts, some resources I have found. This project started as a way for one to learn how to help a loved one with typing their parole plan, resources one could find once released, but has turned into me mostly sharing stories from the inmates I have correspondance with. With help from my brother and 2 other inmates, we started collecting a few stories. Thinking this would be a project of 10-20 stories total. Many others are seeking to get involved. I may have to hold off on many while I grow the ones I currently have. I would like to grow the project by asking questions but allowing them to just tell me what they want me to know. I have received inmate stories and will share their poetry, art, and answer some questions. I call this my amends projects. I founded The Amends Project with a mission to give others a inside peak to my senior project with letters and stories from inmates, most incarcerated with life without parole. many are adults that have been incarcerated since their youth. Sit back and check out what inmates are doing to better themselves while incarcerated. I offer them nothing legally.
Take some time to explore this blog. I hope you enjoy their insight, read and see some interesting amends projects. Feel free to respectfully comment or send an email if you want to know more.