Interview with Katelyn Smith


Lovinah Igbani Perkins interviews Katelyn Smith. Katelyn has been released under parole after serving a 3 year sentence. Katelyn talks about her experience returning home and discusses the obstacles she faced. She was provided with minimal resources upon her discharge, and mostly had to carry on by herself. She describes how the loss of her father and changes in dynamic with the rest of her family affected her mental health and transition to living outside of prison. Katelyn also discusses intergrating into the workforce, and how her memories of incarceration created feelings of anxiety and fear of her surroundings. Katelyn also talks about the positive experiences she has gained since being released from prison, such as good relationships with her parole officers, adopting a dog, her relationship with her significant other, and working towards helping other people who are incarcerated.