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Why Mothers Are the Unsung Heroes of Prison

Why mothers are the unsung heroes of prison

Mission


"Children and mothers never truly part - bound in the beating of each others heart."
-Charlotte Black

 

"Where there is no vision…the people perish"

Our objective is to be a voice for the voiceless. The department of corrections have become a warehouse for the mentally disabled, and mass incarceration is a problem. It's time we shift our thinking. Jail and prison personnel are not equipped to handle the complex nature of this disease.

If a person has a certifiable mental illness they should not be inhumanely treated for having this disease. In some cases, they are tortured by being put in isolation 23 out of 24 hours a day. The lack of social simulation is harmful regardless of the inmate’s mental status and studies have shown that isolation can have psychological implications. The mentally disabled are extremely vulnerable to this type of punishment. It can actually exacerbate their already fragile mental condition; they should not be dehumanized because of their illness. Mental illness is a disease of the mind and should be treated as such. We don't punish people because they have diabetes, cancer, etc.  So why is this country punishing the mentally ill? They are not disposable! They are human beings!  How did this country reverse back to the barbaric abuses and neglects that were once denounced? We feel that solitary confinement constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment," which is prohibited in the eighth amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

In addition, when the mentally ill are released from prison they do not have adequate housing. Thus, they wander the streets, break into abandon buildings for shelter, are taken advantage of, and use illegal drugs to self-medicate. Finding housing is always difficult for ex-offenders, but the challenge is even more acute for the mentally ill.

If you have an incarcerated son or daughter and agree that mass incarceration should be addressed, then sign-up and become a member. We have over thirty-five hundred members from across the country and in Europe. We might be able to correct some of these issues, but change only comes with the support and demand of the citizens.
If we want to change, we will have to fight for it, we cannot hide from it. "God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers."

Rhonda Robinson
M.I.S.S. Founder

"What matters is the countless small deeds of unknown people who lay the basis for the significant events that enter history. They’re the ones who’ve done things in the past. They’re the ones who will have to do it in the future." Howard Zinn

 

 

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Media

A M.I.S.S. member was chosen to tell her story on the OWN network’s show ‘The Book of John.’

You can watch the full episode of Season 1, ( THE MID-NIGHT SERMON, 108) by clicking the following link and signing-up through your cable company to the OWN Network's mobile app. http://www.oprah.com/own-thebookofjohngray/The-Emotional-Reality-of-Having-a-Family-Member-in-Prison-Video

   

Click the following link to listen to the Portland, Oregon KBOO radio show featuring M.I.S.S. members :

M.I.S.S. Members' Radio Interview

 

Click following link to read article and comments from M.I.S.S. members: Here

 

 

"I want to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all the beautiful and courageous mothers of MISS for their unwavering support and loyalty toward their loved ones, as well as to the greater cause at hand. I also am very grateful for the extremely thoughtful and generous outpouring of positive energy in my direction. The letters have been well received. I am sending each of you all my very best."

With love, Cameron Douglas,"

*Cameron is actor Michael Douglas's son*. Cameron was released from prison on August 1, 2016.'

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A message from former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick:

"M.I.S.S.

Thank you so very much for your continued encouragement & support. You all are an incredible blessing to me, and so many of us. Blessings to you & your families."

Kwame