Women in Prison is a docu-series that airs on Investigation Discovery. Indiana Women's Prison houses 600 inmates with maximum security and is the backdrop for this cast of surprisingly relatable and bold characters. A real-life version of "Orange Is the New Black," the program explores the lives of women who, often after one tragic misstep, end up on the wrong side of the law. Featuring profiles on a suburban soccer mom, a high school art teacher and a Preacher's daughter, these unlikely convicts confess to their shocking crimes and reveal how they've learned to survive in this hostile, alien environment.
This genre-breaking format features two women in each episode and mixes the reality of prison life with dramatic recreations of how each of the characters ended up behind bars. As viewers get to know these women, they will be desperate to learn what crimes each committed, culminating in a shocking revelation at the very end of each episode.
When the Army Girl sees her counselor regarding not being able to forgive herself, the counselor suggests to write a letter to the victim. In some cases that may help but not here and not for her. The Army Girl needs to write the letter to her mother. Our society is afraid and reluctant to place blame on parents, as if by becoming one they suddenly become perfect people. Her mother was most likely raised in the same way she raised her daugther. It was all she knew and continued the trauma because the mother herself never got help to stop the pattern. The Army Girl needs to be able to place blame on the mother who failed to protect and raise her in a safe, normal, nurturing environment while understanding the mother also missed out on love and security when growing up. The counselor simply repeated what every other counselor thinks and says without giving sincere thought to what would truly help her. The psych field needs invite fresh ideas in and apply them to women. The Army Girl will continue to feel the paranoia of being raised with violent men ( her mother's boyfriends), frequent moves (her mother made) and the lack of love in her life until she understands her upbringing did not give the tools for normalcy. Her mother was not capable. The Army Girl will be able to forgive herself when she understands it was not her job to raise herself, her mother didn't know any better, and that she is still here for a reason. I wish I could talk to Jodi myself as the counselor on the show missed the chance to offer the insight that would set her free even though she is still in jail. Mary RN, BA; firstname.lastname@example.org