18 May 2015

You’re Scarring Me

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“So, Chandra, this is the mental health evaluation for your parole hearing,” the social worker said.

“I’m not going to parole. There’s no hearing,” Chandra said.

“Well, you’re going to have to bear with me because I have to complete this paperwork anyway, OK?” the social worker said.

“Fine,” Chandra said.

“So, how has this experience been for you?” the social worker said.

“This interview?” Chandra said.

“No, being in prison,” the social worker said.

“Do you really have to ask people that question?”Chandra said.

“Yeah, it’s…I know. Many women feel scarred by this place. Is that what you’re saying?” the social worker said.

“You tell me. I don’t even recognize myself anymore,” Chandra said.

 

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