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For One Mother, Visiting Her Daughter In Prison Brings Back A Painful Memory

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Juliet Fromholt

Shannon Evans is in the first year of a four-year term at Dayton Correctional Institution (DCI). She came to prison after falling into the depths of a heroin addiction. Previously, she’d been a schoolteacher and what she describes as a “goody-two-shoes.”

In this audio story, Evans talks to fellow DCI resident Melody Williams about how a piece of her own family history came full circle when she was sent to prison.

Highlights from the audio:

“My grandpa... was the get-away driver. One of his friends knocked over a convenience store. A Piggly Wiggly actually is what they were called. But my grandfather was in a prison in West Virginia when my mom was like two years old.”

“My grandma took my mom to visit, and they were driving down a windy country road on route 250 in West Virginia. It was a dark, rainy, dreary fall day. And back then people didn’t wear seat belts, and my mom was sitting in the front seat as a little toddler. My grandma slid and went off the road, and my mom and grandma both actually went through the windshield.”

“Often times in life I think about how things come full circle. So as far as my being in prison and how my family feels about it, it’s actually much deeper than she’s in prison and we miss her.”

Women’s Voices from Dayton Correctional Institution is a series of stories based on WYSO’s Community Voices class at the prison on Dayton's west side. WYSO selected 10 incarcerated women through a competitive application process, and taught them interviewing, storytelling and recording skills. The series is produced and mixed by WYSO managing editor Lewis Wallace and Community Voices producer Renee Wilde, with volunteer support from Community Voices graduate Dr. Venita Kelley, editorial oversight from general manager Neenah Ellis and production and design help from webmaster Juliet Fromholt.


Renee Wilde tumbled into public radio - following a career path that has been full of creative adventures and community service. After graduating from the Ohio State University with a fine arts degree in photography - she served as the Exhibitions Coordinator for several Columbus art galleries and the Columbus Art League, while simultaneously slinging food and booze - memorably dropping a glass of orange juice on Johnny Rotten’s bare feet when he answered the hotel room door in just his skivvies (his response, “would shit be the appropriate word?”).