COIP Blog: April 2017

JS Blog Post April 21, 2017

No Way Out for Parents Charged with Violent Crimes

Lillian M. Hewko, J.D.

“Now that I have a child of my own, I want to be in her life and show her that I have changed into a responsible adult.” –Daniel Loera, 21 years old, Monroe Correctional Facility

Daniel is one of the 45 percent of men in prison under 24 years old who are fathers. Daniel, featured in our last fatherhood blog, wants nothing more than a second chance so that he can help parent his 4-year old daughter, but Daniel has no no way out anytime soon. He is serving a 7.75-year sentence for an assault he committed when he was 16. With no options for an early release and with his daughter in foster care, he may permanently lose his parental rights. Read more »

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JS Blog Post April 7, 2017

“An Unlikely Partnership”: A New Film Fostering the Possibilities of Alternatives to Incarceration for Parents

Lillian M. Hewko, J.D.

I got arrested 5 days before my kid’s 6th birthday, they’re 9 years old now...I was just so low. Not being able to see my kids. Having to call on the phone. Having to ask, is this Brianna or is this Michaela. There shouldn’t ever be a point in my life where I don’t know whose voice I’m hearing.”

These are the words of a formerly incarcerated mother from in a recent film “An Unlikely Partnership: Strengthening Families Touched By Incarceration.” These words exhibit the reality that although the time spent parenting from the inside is invaluable, the pain of being separated and not being able to parent on a consistent basis is heartbreaking. Fortunately, in this mother’s case she was able to get early release to be with her twins at about 12 months under the Family Offender Sentencing Alternative’s (FOSA) Community Parenting Alternative (Early Release) in Washington State. Read more »

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Every time I read any of your posts I feel so motivated to join others who choose to not just sit and complain about injustices, but obviously have a passion for making change and taking steps to see it done. My children read everything that Lillian Hewco writes and have chosen to follow a path on which they will always stand up for anyone who may not be able to do so yet themselves. At times this has not been the most popular move, however that is not what they care about. They continue to live im ways that I am beyond proud of, and at 21, amd 19, they will no doubt leave the world a better, more just place for us all. They have embodied gje statement that I love and have began our day with almost 20 years. Success is not success until you have reached out and helped another experience it. I have no doubt that my making anything Lillian Hewco writes required reading im my home has opened the minds of not only them, but also their peers to the importance of a leval playing field for all, and the importance of leading others by living a daily existence of doing what is right. The growing confidence I see in them is a result of what they do always, and who could want anything for them then a motivation that is to help another, and the only reason they wojld ever be concerned if someone else was watching would be to hope that they also would work towards making society better. Thank you Lillian for your passionate posts, you are amazing

Thank Patricia! We as advocates could not do the work without amazing folks like you to help lead us on what formerly incarcerated folks need and hopefully together we will help find a system that helps get to root causes of trauma and does not cause more separation for our families!

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