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Prison Stories

The Toilet Tissue Church

How a prized prison commodity turned ritualistic for a group of women believers

WWhen new prison ministry volunteers and inmate worshippers attend services at the California Institution for Women (CIW), they are invariably surprised as the inmate ushers hand them a neatly folded rectangle of toilet tissue as they walk…



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Linda Lee Smith Barkman, PhD

served 30 years in a California prison, advocates for marginalized women, and her book “Hidden Power and False Expectations” is coming soon from Urban Loft Pub.