Question Time with Lifer Helen
Helen’s boyfriend murdered her son. Not only did she lose her son, but she was sentenced to 20 years for the murder. 9 years into her sentence, she’s writing from a state prison in Georgia.
Leigh: Are you seeing triple bunking (three to a cell previously housing two) like the guys are?
Helen: No, I’m not seeing the triple bunking because yet again I was moved to C-unit. I live now in a room with 15 other women, so there are 16 of us.
Leigh: I'm curious about the programs the state brags about. Are you at a facility that has the horse/ animal rehab thing? Or the choir that just released a cd? Do many people actually get to participate in those things or how does that work?
Helen: We are offered very little here as far as programs. They have a pig farm here, but it’s hard to get on it.
Leigh: Has the smoking ban gone into effect yet where you are?
Helen: The smoking ban doesn’t go into effect until December 2010.
Jose in San Diego: Are you eligible for parole? Are you in the middle of appeals or have you filed?
Helen: As far as parole, I come up for review in 2011 and my TPM is 2015. But I feel like I’ll get out before then. I’m currently going through Project of Innocence.
Jose in San Diego: What is your level of classification?
Helen: I’m medium security, and have been the whole time I’ve been locked up.
Well, I really thank everyone for the support, and hope to hear from you soon.
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