This issue of The Fire Inside is dedicated to all the mothers who are enduring separation from their children because of their time in prison. For this mother’s day 2000 we want to recognize the strength it takes for you to just keep on keeping on every day without them. We hope this note we received from one child can speak to all of you of the love and hope which so many of your children possess despite everything.
When I visit my mother and I look into her eyes, even though she’s smiling I see the sadness in her eyes, and every time we say goodbye I feel like I want to die. I miss my mother day and night and I dream of the day she will be home and we won’t have to say goodbye.
Love you mommy,

(Adriana’s mother, Theresa Cruz, is a battered woman at CIW serving a life sentence for her response to her abuse.)