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Kaia Stern in Voices from American Prisons: Faith, Education and Healing lifts up the voice of Mika’il DeVeaux, an incarcerated learner at Sing Sing Prison in New York and graduate of New York Theological Seminary’s Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Ministry degree. Stern in her Chapter on “Dehumanization” shares Mr. DeVeaux’s reflection on the ways in which institutionalization strips folks with the experience of incarceration of their humanity and sense of personal identity:

“Upon entrance to prison, the person who is convicted of a crime is forced to bear a series of ‘abasements, degradations, humiliations and profanations, of self. His self is systematically…mortified.’ Each person who has been convicted of a crime (and many who have never been convicted but simply cannot afford bail) enter a state prison, is stripped of his or her property, and given a state property uniform…the process of institutionalization, DeVeaux continues, ‘is about compelling you to conform because prison [and jail] is not a place for individual. It’s not a place for individual personalities. You know you are an individual but you lose…there is no room for individuality.’… more

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