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Homesickness in prison is brutal

Updated: Apr 25, 2023

Dorothy Maraglino is an incarcerated writer in California and author at Prison Journalism Project. In her recent article, she raises details the excruciating level of homesickness in prison.

Being incarcerated is very isolating and missing loved ones and life on the outside is excruciating. Maraglino talks about her and other inmates' experience, and how being incarcerated away from everything they know and everyone they love affects their mental health.

“I almost lost both my parents to COVID-19. I can’t just hop on a plane to be with them. The distance and separation is all-consuming. I feel useless and helpless.” - Dorothy Maraglino, writer incarcerated in California

Of one of her cellmates: "She is homesick for the mother she lost and will never see again. She is homesick for her career as a nurse, a healer. She is homesick for the relatives and friends she has lost. She is homesick for health care that would manage her chronic lung disease and degenerative bone and joint diseases. She is homesick to die peacefully, surrounded by those who love her and whom she loves back. She is homesick to go to church and worship alongside others. She is homesick for freedom, homesick for life."

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