Excerpts of letters to family from Oneida and Elmira Correctional Facilities between 2010 and 2014.
K.H. was arrested in 2009 at the age of 19 for 2 nd degree attempted robbery. He was released on parole but violated and was sent back to prison to complete his sentence. He wrote, “I’m sorry that I keep doing this to you guys and it’s not intentional it’s just I don’t know. Whenever I get the chance to enjoy my life I go for it because I’ve lost so much opportunity.”
As I read through the letters, passages that speak to the experience of being trapped and the loss of control over fulfilling one’s basic human needs stood out.