Category Archives: life in prison

DVI 6: Isolation

This is the sixth post Sean has written about his experience at Tracy Reception Center (Deuel Vocational Institution) in 2006. DVI has a long-standing reputation for being violent and dangerous. Sean was housed there for a brief period shortly following … Continue reading

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Fun Tips for Puking in Your Car

Barfing is never a funny experience while it is happening to you. It can be painful, awful, or even embarrassing. No one enjoys being sick. It is only after the incident is through that we can step back, learn from … Continue reading

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Sean’s Laudatory Chronos (Letters of Recommendation from Staff)

The following are some of the most recent letters of recommendation (Chronos) written by prison staff for Sean’s commutation. A chrono is not something that comes easily. It is not something you will find in an inmate’s file unless they have … Continue reading

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Family Visit 14: Two Year Anniversary

Card drawn by Sean’s friend Jessie Sean and I were recently blessed to receive a Family Visit date on our 2 year wedding anniversary weekend in August. We were grateful to be able to spend quality time together to celebrate … Continue reading

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Family Visit 13: Summer Time

Our most recent Family Visit was our 13th Family Visit date, beginning on July 13th. The temperature in Corcoran was over 100, so we planned on doing something to cool ourselves off: a water fight! Summer time at Family Visit … Continue reading

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Sean’s Letters of Support

The following are just some of the letters of support written for Sean’s commutation/parole packet; certain personal information has been withheld for privacy. On behalf of us both, thank you to everyone who has taken the time to write in … Continue reading

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DVI 5: Filth and Pests

This is the fifth post Sean has written about his experience at Tracy Reception Center (Deuel Vocational Institution) in 2006. DVI has a long-standing reputation for being violent and dangerous. Sean was housed there for a brief period shortly following … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Sean

In 2013, my first year with Sean, he had just been transferred to a new facility and we had no way to get photos during our first visit. The September 2013 photo is from the following visit. Every year we … Continue reading

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Sean’s Educational Accompishments

Sean O’Brien has continued working on his education, he is a 4.0 GPA college student two classes away from obtaining his Associate’s Degree. Sean plans to continue his education upon his re-entry at Sacramento State University, where he was accepted … Continue reading

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Recipe: Family Visit Cookies

Each time Sean and I have a Family Visit we enjoy having freshly baked cookies. Everyone likes cookies, but since prison is not a place you can get this kind of warm baked goodness we had to get a little … Continue reading

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