This article was written in 2017. Most the men featured in the Huffpost tribute to men in prison for Father’s Day are NOW HOME, including but not limited to Michael Pelletier, Andy Cox, Tim Tyler, David Barren, Jimmy Romans, Robert Shipp, John Knock, Corvain Cooper, Antonio Bascaro, Darryl Hope, William Underwood, Aaron Sandusky, Craig Cesal, Sherman Moore, and Ricardo Riojas! We celebrate those victories, but the struggle continues for wonderful people like Charles Scott, Blake Stover, Pedro Moreno, Ferrell Scott, Eric McCauley, Donald Fugitt, Wilfredo Barrios, Chris Hunter, Piort Misolek, and many more!
In honor of Father’s Day, the CAN-DO Foundation has collected a series of quotes, reflections, stories and insights from numerous men inside prison who will not participate in the normal festivities that most of us will enjoy on Sunday, June 18th. Many men have watched their own children grow into adults while they linger and suffer because of a non-violent drug charge that mandated a sentence of no less than 10 years. The majority of these men are serving a life sentence due to drug conspiracy charges. Check out these moving expressions from our men behind the wall, entitled Reflections About Father’s Day from Men in Prison
Craig Cesal, (serving 13th year on life sentence for pot): wrote the following about his daughter, Lauren: “Fourteen years before my arrest, I realized an instinct I never considered when I looked into the eyes of a seven pound newborn, not much bigger than a loaf of bread. She reached out to me for everything, and it was my honor to deliver. Following my arrest, I failed to show for the graduation ceremony, the Father/Daughter Dance, and to mean-mug the first date. The best Father’s Day gift is to see that Champ still grew up to be a star.”