Julie Colon never planned on becoming an activist. But two years ago, when her mother sent her a newspaper clipping from prison about a new group for drug offenders' relatives, Julie, then 20, decided to check it out. She discovered that prisoners' families were trying to repeal New York state's strict drug laws by holding protests around New York City, and so she began attending their rallies. Carrying a poster with her mother's photoand surrounded by other inmates' relativesJulie imagined her efforts might help repeal the so-called... More >>>
By photo courtesy of Julie Colón
In 1999, Melitas family joined her in prison for Thanksgiving. Back row: Maria, Liz, Keyli (hidden), Julie. front row: Kristina, Melita, Nasir (asleep).