How has TLM positively impacted your life? - Carrie Murchison
How did participating in The Last Mile set you apart within the prison system?
There is something called the illusory truth effect (also known as the validity effect, truth effect, or the reiteration effect), it is the tendency to believe false information to be correct after repeated exposure. I feel like it applies to the treatment of inmates in that when we are treated like we are less than, we begin to believe it and behave accordingly. The only exception to the way I was treated throughout my incarceration was during my enrollment in this program. It was a mind blowingly novel concept to finally be challenged mentally, and then to be to be afforded the space to independently analyze and develop solutions until mastering each concept in the curriculum. The Last Mile program offered a chance to rise to the occasion, rather than lowering myself to my surroundings and circumstances.