Having a family member in prison is usually an incredibly difficult ordeal. It is even more trying when that family member is your mother. Mothers play a huge part in their childrens’ lives whether they are in their life or not.
Mothers who are in prison are not there because they have abandoned their children or do not want to raise them, making their time in prison even more difficult. Often times prisons are very far from their homes so their children visit less and less as time goes on, or not at all due to limited resources.
In some cases mothers are held in prison for long periods of time. Even though five or ten years does not seem like a long time in the grand scheme of life, it is an extremely long period of time in a child’s life. Not only do mothers suffer, but their children have emotional scars that last a lifetime.
Unfortunately the United States prison system is more for profit than rehabilitation, which is why many drug addicts are sent to prison instead of rehabilitation facilities. They are not given the tools they need to return to the community and live a drug free life. This is why the support of their children matters more than anything.
It’s been hard living my life out here in the world without my mother. She is the strongest woman I know. I have always been able to count on her. But, I must thank God that he put her in jail instead of letting her addiction cause her death. My mother is alive. And for that, I am grateful.
My mother may be a prison inmate, but I will never let her go through this alone. She is my mother. I am her daughter. Together, we will survive this and have great stories to tell.