It's not easy getting caught up in criminal culture, then going to prison, then trying to get back on your feet once you are paroled or complete your sentence. Just ask 51 year-old Damita Parsley of Champaign (pictured, courtesy Sean Powers, IPR). She was released about a year and a half ago. Parsley was a heroin addict for more than 20 years, and had various run-ins with the law. After she got out of prison, Champaign's Center for Women in Transition offered her a fresh start when she felt like she had nowhere else to go. Parsley tells IPR's Sean Powers that she's NOT going back to her old life.
That was Damita Parsley, a resident of the Center for Women in Transition in Champaign. She spoke with IPR's Sean Powers. Parsley plans to move into her own apartment within the next couple of months. She also says she’ll continue coming back to the center for support meetings. Parlsey has written an original poem about her experiences.
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