8 entries

Articles by Steeda McGruder

How My First Felony Leads Me To My First Time Voting

Author, and re-entry specialist, Stacey McGruder caught a felony for petty theft for taking clothes for her baby at the age of 18. She then was caught in a cycle of incarceration for 19 years. She says Proposition 47 can stop the revolving door of California's prison system, and allow for needed intervention for people instead of incarceration. She will be voting for the first time this election.

"Orange is the New Black" Shares The Real Stories of Our Secret Society

Having spent the last 17 years behind the walls, the author and program director for incarcerated women hesitated to watch the hit show Orange is the New Black. When she did, she was amazed at how close to reality the show was, capturing subtle details usually only those on the inside understand.

POEM: Walk a Mile in Our Shoes

Steeda McGruder, founder of Sisters That Been There, shares the walk of, and freedom from, incarceration from the tales of the shoes women on the inside wear.

For Those Behind The Walls, Letters Are Our Lifelines

There is currently a proposal to dramatically restrict inmates in the Santa Clara County jail system from receiving letters. Steeda McGruder, founder of Sisters That Been There, writes about the profound power of receiving letters while incarcerated, and shares correspondence from women currently behind the walls who write about the "life-saving" value of letters.

Steeda McGruder: On the Outs

The founder of Sisters That Been There hosted a card game at De-Bug last week. But it wasn't just any game of Spades, it was the game of cards her and her sisters she was locked up with would always say that would play one day, when they were on the outs.

Sisters That Been There Reflect on Documentary "Crime After Crime"

As an installment of Sisters That Been There weekly writing posts, the women respond to the acclaimed film "Crime After Crime" -- a documentary centered around a woman who found freedom after 27 years of wrongful incarceration.

Mail is the Life Line to a Sister That Been There

Before Christmas we sent out about 40 letters to women who are incarcerated locally here in Santa Clara County. After a New Year’s break, this is what I came back to — a desk full of letters in response to the holiday cheer we put out in hopes to inspire ...

"Sisters That Been There" Graduates Their First Class

Steeda Mcgruder was incarcerated with a dream to help the women she was locked up with to find themselves. That dream has been made real with her counseling group "Sisters That Been There". Here is the commencement by Steeda from the first graduation.
entries per page: 5 10 25 50 100
Valid XHTML 1.0 Valid CSS