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Fifth Letter from Prison: 
A New Light Shining

by Lee Gutierrez, Guest Blogger

This is the fifth letter of Lee’s from prison 
that we’re publishing with his permission.   
He wrote it from from a new
 prison, during which transfer we were unable to communicate. Lee’s first four letters were among the most read posts ever 

Dear Jeff, 
YES, yes, ‘Houston we have contact!” Your response to XXX’s email was appreciated.  I really didn’t expect to hear from you. It’s comforting to know I am still in your thoughts….
Wow, I’ve been incarcerated for 2 years, 7 months, time is passing. This weekend my son [almost 3 years old] is coming for a visit, my folks are coming North now that spring has arrived. I haven’t seen his angelic face in 6 weeks, I can’t wait.  He is growing in leaps and bounds, he has my heart. 
In September of last year my transfer went through.  I dropped down to a medium classification in July, 2015 but they wouldn’t confirm it. In late August there was a gang war, in two days there were seven cuttings.   We were in lock-down for a week.  Once lock-down was over, they shipped about 30 inmates out at once.  “The place that has no name” is a horrific place.  Murders, cuttings, suicide, overdoses, 5 dead in one year, all hidden from the public. There is a hell on earth. 
I have so much emotion within me, so much fear, anger and resentment. That leg of my journey may be past me, but the emotion scares linger…damage has been done, I don’t know if it will ever heal. There is so much pain inside that needs to come out, to be expelled from my spirit, to be shared with others.  I have no time now to focus on this task…
My Appeal, what a challenge… [redacted]
Currently to keep my mind busy I enrolled into a certificate course of Paralegal studies.  Studying law and researching the case has piqued my interest.  I plan to send an updated resume to law firms in Manhattan and Long Island… If you have any thoughts on this subject, that would be appreciated. 
Jeff, I am in good spirits, my Lord is providing strength and hope. He has given me the opportunity to rebuild my relationships, believing that I am loved and needed. I wish all the mates in prison could see the light the way I do. 
Going forward I will be writing down my thoughts again and sending them to you as I perfect them.  You are very kind to say that my articles are still being read. May you and your blessed family have an uplifting spring.  Rejoice in the work you are doing and celebrate life each day.
Your friend, 

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