There is always a story in SQN that allows me to reflect and empathize with other inmates concerning their life of incarceration The May 2018 issue provides a wonderful account of the hardships elderly inmates face concerning health and family when approaching BPH. This is a very real and heart-wrenching issue that affects those who have surpassed years of obstacles to garner the opportunity of physical freedom, when for the majority of them, there isn’t much left when they’re granted release. It’s important to share the sentiment to the Spanish-speaking inmate community which struggles also with the search of support from their native countries, coupled with their deteriorating health and lack of family support
The other significant point to this issue is how many of us fail to give proper attention to our elderly prisoners.
Here in CCI Facility 4A, there are men like those in the article. The elderly men here have struggled with their disruptive lifestyles and substance abuse late into their lives, but regardless of their age, the drive is there to rehabilitate and reintegrate themselves back into society. Here facilitators of self-help groups add workshops, confer and grant them the various platforms for them to be seen and heard. These men are treasure troves of knowledge and wisdom, not to be overlooked. Like many of us seeking suitability by BPH who intend to help the struggling youth upon their release, we shouldn’t forget this community. These are our neighbors, teachers and fathers.
To the contributors of this publication, allow me to extend a special thanks from all the inmates here on CCI Facility 4A who read and appreciate the issues brought up by articles like this that resonate and concern us. Thanks to SQN these topics are discussed during self-help groups, building understanding and ways to aid those with these specific needs.
“Nunca es muy tarde para ver en si, lo bueno que hay para brindar.”