From the December 2018 magazine.

A special bond

I remember lockdown during the holidays. My experience of lockdown was medical in nature, not due to incarceration. I was in treatment twice, a psychiatric unit once, and I was admitted to a medical hospital on two occasions, all due to complications of my drinking. I cannot speak to the anguish of long-term incarceration. I only know about prison vicariously, through my correspondence with women serving out felony sentences.

These women convey to me their feelings of hopelessness and despair, especially at this time of year when joyful memories pervade our thinking. In isolation, it is easy to have our thoughts flooded with, If only, and, Why me?

-- Anne A.

San Antonio, Texas

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