Welcome to Breaking Free, a mother-son co-blog.
Who are we?
Anne lives in St. Paul, Minnesota and works for an international human rights organization.
Vince is incarcerated in a state prison, also in Minnesota.
Why are we writing this blog?
- It’s a project we can work on together.
- It gives Vince and Anne a voice.
- It’s an outlet through which we can vent our fears, hopes, shame, amusement, and bemusement.
What will we write about?
Observations on daily life in prison. The Prison Industrial Complex. Mandatory minimum drug sentencing. What brought Vince here, what it’s like being his mom on the outside. The family disease of addiction. Conjecturing on the causes of, solutions to, and meaning of it all.
Why “Breaking Free?”
Besides the obvious prison reference, the title Breaking Free refers to the suggestion that anyone can find contentment and even happiness, even someone in prison, even someone whose kid is in prison. Anne would say she has lived life to the max. Vince will avoid that reference.
Click here to start at the first post.
Fifteen months later: Vince is now out of prison and doing well. He has started his own blog, Fixing Broken. I blog on, mostly about travel, the search for meaning and purpose, and occasionally, about mass incarceration.