"Life really is like climbing a mountain. You don't get to the top without some scratches and some scars. I'm not at the top yet, but I'm on a new path."
Prison can be a dark, lonely place. The isolation; the ever-present threat of violence; the cold, bare walls and heavy iron bars—it’s not surprising that some of those inside corrections facilities struggle with maintaining their emotional and mental health.
And that struggle is not just limited to prisoners.
Understanding a prisoner’s thinking and emotional state can help us minister to them more effectively. The five stages of incarceration—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance —are derived from the traditional stages of grief outlined by American Swiss psychiatrist, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.