Follow the thoughts and experiences of Jessica Robinson as she journeys through the Arizona prison system.

"Please don't drink and drive,
it changed my life and
took the life of another."
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Jessica L Robinson
ADC # 256178
San Carlos B-2-30
ASPC Perryville
PO Box 3700
Goodyear, AZ  85395

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Not a single wrapped present to open or a birthday cake, YES this was the best birthday ever!
Being in prison is like being on “survivor” island. Communication methods are limited and relationships are very different for those inside. There are no cell phones, internet, ipads or face book. We cannot send a tweet and what the heck is this instagram thing? I have no idea about new gadgets or the latest or greatest, I have been in prison two and a half years! Times have changed!  Sure, we get our 15-minute phone calls made from an old fashioned pay phone, minus the slot to put the change in, that are located outside. Many days and nights in the 112 degree weather or even rain and cold, you will see women braving the elements to speak to their loved ones. Just a small conversation, a letter or a photo is worth a thousand moments to us. Each time we hear a familiar voice, see familiar handwriting, a photo or smell the scent of a past perfume or cologne it takes you to a person, place and time. Sometimes it’s the past; sometimes it’s the future that lies ahead. These are our hopes, these are our dreams.

Never forget those that lie behind these walls and barbed wire fences. We need you, and you may not know it yet, but you need us too. What I am getting at is, that the physical things that the “outside” world (and I too was guilty of this) treasures so dearly are worthless to an “insider”. I have learned this all too well being here in prison.  This year for my birthday I have realized this more than any other time in my life. This year I received not a single wrapped gift to open or a birthday cake, but I did receive the best gift of all…LOVE.

This year for my 28th birthday, my 3rd birthday behind bars, I received over sixty photos of friends, and family. People from my past, friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, people from across the United States, dogs and cats, and yes even my dentist and nail techs took one! Each picture included a sign saying “Happy Birthday” or in other words we love you. I felt so much love and truly humbled to the fact that these people took time out of their day to stop and take a picture just for me?! I shared those pictures with my prison family, we laughed and we cried. I went to bed thinking about them and woke up thinking about them the next morning. I promise all of you that took the time to make my birthday so special that I will NEVER forget the gift you gave me.

As I sit here writing this from prison, I feel so blessed that you, my family and friends are still thinking about me and supporting me. I want to thank each and every one of you that sent me love on my special day. It truly was the best birthday gift I have ever or ever will receive.

This is a big HUG to all of you from me.

With love and gratitude,