Beyond Bars

Sandy Wolff joins Truth Be Told Board of Directors

At its May meeting, the Truth Be Told Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve Sandy Wolff’s application for board service. Since moving to Austin in June 2017, Sandy has been a familiar and regular face — and voice — in Truth Be Told volunteer community.

Truth Be Told welcomes graduate Laurie Pherigo to the team

We at Truth Be Told are thrilled to welcome Laurie Pherigo in her new role as administrative assistant, providing vital support to the organization’s programs, business operations and community relations.

Laurie’s career with Truth Be Told began in 2012, when she participated in and graduated from our Talk to Me program at TDCJ’s Hilltop Unit in Gatesville.

Board Chair Donna Snyder receives Legend Award

At Truth Be Told’s March board meeting, the amazing people at RecognizeGood came to honor our board chair Donna Snyder with its Legends Award, which “illuminates selfless individuals who go to extraordinary lengths for others in order to inspire community citizenship, promote volunteerism and show gratitude for the good being done all around us daily.”

Truth Be Told graduates advocate for all justice-involved women at the Capitol

On March 8, International Women’s Day, a group of Truth Be Told graduates used the power of their stories to advocate on behalf of all justice-involved women in Texas.

Graduates Margie O’Neal, Lisa Davis-Bell, Kimberly Davis, Chelsea Williams, Dara Musick, Evelyn Fulbright, Laurie Pherigo and Lauren Johnson were part of a much larger community of formerly incarcerated women who gathered at the Capitol to participate in Women’s Injustice Day, a day of community and advocacy hosted by the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. The event’s objective was to raise awareness on a shortlist of bills in the 86th Legislative session that, if they became law, would improve the lives of the more than 12,000 justice-involved women in Texas.

HEAR HER VOICE: Nikki Pierce reflects on life after incarceration

Editor’s note: Nikki Pierce is a 2014 graduate and 2015 mentor of Truth Be Told’s Talk to Me program at Bryan Federal Prison Camp, where she was released on Nov. 1, 2016. The following is her Truth being told.

I traveled to Bryan, Texas, recently with my son to tour Blinn College where he might start the next chapter of his life. Blinn offers a two-year program. I also was in Bryan for a two-year “program” of sorts when I served out a sentence at Bryan Federal Prison Camp, just a couple miles from the college campus.

Driving to Bryan, I had moments of fluttery tummy. It was after dark by the time my son and I arrived, and we decided to take an impromptu drive past the prison.

This was how I saw it the first time too: in the dark. My husband and I, with our children, drove down to Bryan on Oct. 30, 2014. We spent a final night together at a local hotel that offered a free breakfast of Texas-shaped waffles. Funny the details that stick out in my mind.