She’s Making Lemonade Out Of Lemons

Her parents and sisters would drive across the state to visit. Overall, it was a traumatic experience for everyone involved.

The rumor in prison was that Martha Stewart had a queen-sized bed in her cell, but the conditions at SeaTac were similar to what you see on the first season of the Netflix web television series "Orange is the New Black," Pavey said.

"The prison system is a symptom of poor social conditions in society. It's driven by poverty, abuse, neglect, mental illness and institutional racism."

Released, rejected, restored After she was released from prison, Pavey hoped to put the past behind her and move on.

"Instead, every door was slamming in my face," she said. "I finally got a job at a Domino's in Spokane because Dad knew the owner. My credit was shot and I was turned down everywhere I went for a job because I was a felon."

Looking into the future, Pavey said she realized she was actually serving a life sentence for the mistakes she'd made.

With no job prospects, she went to graduate school at Eastern Washington University and earned a master's degree in 2014. She now works as a clinical social worker in Spokane and no longer lives in her parents' basement. Her passion is helping people transition from prison back into society. She helped form a lobbying group called "I Did the Time" and traveled to Olympia to persuade Washington lawmakers to make criminal justice reforms. The group is now establishing a nonprofit organization called "Revive Center for Returning Citizens." "This is my way of giving back to the community for the mistakes I made," Pavey said. "We need different solutions for this thing we call crime. We believe crime is actually the breakdown of human relationships. Prisons are full of untapped human potential, and after seeing that, it's important for me to make things better." It may not have been what she or her family envisioned, but Pavey got a firsthand education in criminal justice and she plans to use it for the greater good. "I let everyone down and I never want to have that feeling again," she said. "People make mistakes, but you have to learn from them and move forward. This is my way of moving forward." --- Sandaine may be contacted at [email protected] or (208) 848-2264. Follow her on Twitter @newsfromkerri. ___ (c)2017 the Lewiston Tribune (Lewiston, Idaho) Visit the Lewiston Tribune (Lewiston, Idaho) at Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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