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Judah Watkins #B-84518

Judah Watkins #B-84518
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The Introspection of a letter

I don’t think many of us who are incarcerated understand our obligation to friends and loved ones. Oftentimes we wallow in resentment and pity because we feel forgotten or left out as it pertains to the lives of our loved ones. But, I challenge you to take a different approach. If the world stopped turning because we are incarcerated, then what would there be in the lives of our loved ones to want to be a part of? A good friend of mine wrote an article detailing the many letters written by political prisoner Nelson Mandela to his family while imprisoned during the Apartheid Regime. Her article gave insight on how Mr. Mandela was Vulnerable and stripped of family and friends, as most of the incarcerated are. But, despite it all the restrictions and limitations on Mandela and his family, he fought to remain connected. So, ask yourself, as a prisoner how restricted are we really? Are our conditions as dark and grim as Mr. Mandela’s or have we just given up? Have we developed the “poor little me syndrome that has deprived our families of the strength that has deprived our families of the strength we bare? Now don’t get me wrong, our friends and family are not completely absolved of all responsibility. In the article that inspired me to write this, she shared what a fellow writer advised: “Whenever you receive a letter from a prisoner make sure you write him back.” There is no obligation on both ends. I’m sure that whatever your spiritual/religious guidance is (in most that I’ve studied” it tells you in one way or another to “never forget the prisoner”. However, in most families of the incarcerated, with the stress of finances and daily struggles, they simply don’t have the tools or basic understanding of what this kind of support entails. So, as the prisoner, it is my job to set the example. Through letters, you can be the reassurance to a mother that’s worried. You can be the bond that a daughter needs with a father or the discipline of a man to a son. Through letters, your wife can still be what we commonly refer to as “your rib”. Letters have allowed me to be vulnerable in my darkest times and the strength in my families. No matter what our reasons, we have to stay connected to those we love, even if they never respond! The tragedy that is prison is meant to derail us. But, sometimes our circumstances are meant to define us. We think tragedy derails us when it actually puts us on track. So, lets challenge ourselves to make whatever obstacles we face into character building opportunities and share your journey with the family you love. Become through provoking and understanding and know that you have to work just as hard to include your family in your life as they do for you in theirs. So, while my friend so eloquently stated: “Someone, somewhere in a prison across town, in a border detention facility in a country you’ve never known is waiting on a letter.” I say some daughter, some wife, some mother in a place you know very well is also.

 

By Judah Watkins

A free thinker

About Judah

Astrological sign:
Sagittarius
Willing to correspond outside of the U.S.:
Yes
Photo verified by WriteAPrisoner.com:
No
Birth date:
11/25/1986 (age 31)
Eyes
Brown
Hair
Black
Hometown
Pulaski, IL
Marital Status
Single
Race
African American
Religion
Other
Interested in furthering their education:
No
Seeking legal help:
No
Seeking prayer partners:
Yes
Gender
Male
Sexual orientation: 
Straight
Institutional email:
Other
Profile starts on:
5/1/2018
Profile ends on:
7/1/2019

Incarceration Information

Earliest Release Date
5/27/2029
Latest Release Date
2054
On Death Row
No
Incarcerated Since
2004
Serving Life Sentence
No
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Judah Watkins #B-84518
Menard C. C.
PO Box 1000
Menard, IL 62259
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