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Handcuffed to Freedom

Nathaniel Mckowen

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Handcuffed to Freedom

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Nathaniel Mckowen

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Starting a new life after prison can be difficult; the challenges can seem insurmountable. Whether it's finding a job, a place to live, figuring out how to be in a relationship, or breaking down those mental and emotional walls we built to survive in there, it can feel overwhelming. The odds are not in our favor.Handcuffed to Freedom aims to help people not only overcome those challenges, but create lives full of rich relationships, meaningful pursuits and purpose. We create resources for people who have been released from prison, their family members, and anyone who believes in second chances. It's what to expect, practical advice, motivation, inspiration and hope for the future. This is not your run-of-the-mill 'state sponsored' reentry resource. This is created by people who have been through experience, overcome the challenges and found success. Now we want to pass on what we learned.

Latest Episodes

Post-Prison PTSD and Healing from Trauma with Manny Mejias

After serving 20 years in prison Manny now serves as a Reentry Manager in Pima County’s Behavioral Health Unit. He uses his experience to help others navigate the challenges of re entering society after Incarceration and helps assure that community members with criminal justice experience have a voice in the county’s justice reform efforts.------------------------------------------Join our mailing list!Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck out our Youtube where we have more resources atHandcuffed to FreedomFacebook. Instagram.

53 min1 w ago
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Post-Prison PTSD and Healing from Trauma with Manny Mejias

Monday Nugget: The Magical Properties of A Dry-Erase Board

Some news and how to make your dreams come true with a dry erase board.------------------------------------------Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck out our Youtube where we have more resources atHandcuffed to FreedomFacebook. Instagram.

4 min3 w ago
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Monday Nugget: The Magical Properties of A Dry-Erase Board

Be An Irresistible Hire with Federal Bonding and Work Opportunity Tax Credits

As someone who has just returned home from prison getting a job is not always easy. These two resources can give employers an incentive to hire you.Work Opportunity Tax CreditFederal Bonding------------------------------------------Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck out our Youtube where we have more resources atHandcuffed to FreedomFacebook. Instagram.

25 minOCT 28
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Be An Irresistible Hire with Federal Bonding and Work Opportunity Tax Credits

Monday Nugget: Take Some Time To Unplug

Do you wake up and check your phone first thing?------------------------------------------Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck out our Youtube where we have more resources atHandcuffed to FreedomFacebook. Instagram.

3 minOCT 26
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Monday Nugget: Take Some Time To Unplug

Finding Fulfillment After Prison w/ Steve Scharboneau Jr.

Steve Scharboneau shares his inspiring tale of how he found fulfilment in his life by following his dreams, despite everyone telling him it wasn't possible.Steve was incarcerated just days after his eighteenth birthday. Following the pain of the 2008 economic recession, with absolutely no educational background, he decided he wanted to become an attorney. Just last week, the Arizona Supreme Court gave him the stamp of approval to get started practicing law. From getting his G.E.D. in prison to becoming a lawyer, his journey has had many challenges. These challenges led to his work as an advocate for reforms to Arizona’s criminal justice system, including a bill he spearheaded (that became law last year in AZ) that prevents predatory companies from making money off of people's mugshots.Contact Steve at SteveVPC@gmail.com------------------------------------------Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck o...

38 minOCT 14
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Finding Fulfillment After Prison w/ Steve Scharboneau Jr.

Psychological Effects of Incarceration

The adaptation to imprisonment is almost always difficult and, at times, creates habits of thinking and acting that can be dysfunctional in periods of post-prison adjustment (Haney).Whether you're welcoming home a loved one from prison, or you just got out yourself, understanding the psychological effects of incarceration is the first step to overcoming the damaging effects. It's the first step to building the life of your dream.The Psychological Impact of Incarceration: Implications for Post-Prison Adjustment - Chris Haney------------------------------------------Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck out our Youtube where we have more resources atHandcuffed to FreedomFacebook. Instagram.

49 minOCT 7
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Psychological Effects of Incarceration

Monday Nugget: How to Keep Good Posture

Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck out our Youtube where we have more resources atHandcuffed to Freedom

54 sOCT 5
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Monday Nugget: How to Keep Good Posture

Overcoming fear w/ Rafael Batain

Guest host Rafael Batain talks about ways to overcome fear. What fear is stopping you from go after your dreams?14 ways to conquer fear------------------------------------------Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck out our Youtube where we have more resources atHandcuffed to FreedomFacebook. Instagram.

19 minOCT 1
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Overcoming fear w/ Rafael Batain

Monday Nugget: Chew Your Food

In this hyperconnected world, full of distractions, its so hard to find time to just 'be.' By focusing on chewing your food when you eat you not only will eat less, but you are also practicing mindfulness, a meditation technique that can improve all aspects of your life.Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation------------------------------------------Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck out our Youtube where we have more resources atHandcuffed to Freedom

3 minSEP 28
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Monday Nugget: Chew Your Food

My Story: Journey to Recovery

A solo episode where I share my journey from addiction to recovery through 8 1/2 long years of a drug filled prison experience. This one is for anyone who struggles with addiction. Your not alone. Recovery is possible. An amazing future is ahead of you.------------------------------------------Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck out our Youtube where we have more resources atHandcuffed to Freedom

55 minSEP 23
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My Story: Journey to Recovery

Latest Episodes

Post-Prison PTSD and Healing from Trauma with Manny Mejias

After serving 20 years in prison Manny now serves as a Reentry Manager in Pima County’s Behavioral Health Unit. He uses his experience to help others navigate the challenges of re entering society after Incarceration and helps assure that community members with criminal justice experience have a voice in the county’s justice reform efforts.------------------------------------------Join our mailing list!Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck out our Youtube where we have more resources atHandcuffed to FreedomFacebook. Instagram.

53 min1 w ago
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Post-Prison PTSD and Healing from Trauma with Manny Mejias

Monday Nugget: The Magical Properties of A Dry-Erase Board

Some news and how to make your dreams come true with a dry erase board.------------------------------------------Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck out our Youtube where we have more resources atHandcuffed to FreedomFacebook. Instagram.

4 min3 w ago
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Monday Nugget: The Magical Properties of A Dry-Erase Board

Be An Irresistible Hire with Federal Bonding and Work Opportunity Tax Credits

As someone who has just returned home from prison getting a job is not always easy. These two resources can give employers an incentive to hire you.Work Opportunity Tax CreditFederal Bonding------------------------------------------Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck out our Youtube where we have more resources atHandcuffed to FreedomFacebook. Instagram.

25 minOCT 28
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Be An Irresistible Hire with Federal Bonding and Work Opportunity Tax Credits

Monday Nugget: Take Some Time To Unplug

Do you wake up and check your phone first thing?------------------------------------------Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck out our Youtube where we have more resources atHandcuffed to FreedomFacebook. Instagram.

3 minOCT 26
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Monday Nugget: Take Some Time To Unplug

Finding Fulfillment After Prison w/ Steve Scharboneau Jr.

Steve Scharboneau shares his inspiring tale of how he found fulfilment in his life by following his dreams, despite everyone telling him it wasn't possible.Steve was incarcerated just days after his eighteenth birthday. Following the pain of the 2008 economic recession, with absolutely no educational background, he decided he wanted to become an attorney. Just last week, the Arizona Supreme Court gave him the stamp of approval to get started practicing law. From getting his G.E.D. in prison to becoming a lawyer, his journey has had many challenges. These challenges led to his work as an advocate for reforms to Arizona’s criminal justice system, including a bill he spearheaded (that became law last year in AZ) that prevents predatory companies from making money off of people's mugshots.Contact Steve at SteveVPC@gmail.com------------------------------------------Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck o...

38 minOCT 14
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Finding Fulfillment After Prison w/ Steve Scharboneau Jr.

Psychological Effects of Incarceration

The adaptation to imprisonment is almost always difficult and, at times, creates habits of thinking and acting that can be dysfunctional in periods of post-prison adjustment (Haney).Whether you're welcoming home a loved one from prison, or you just got out yourself, understanding the psychological effects of incarceration is the first step to overcoming the damaging effects. It's the first step to building the life of your dream.The Psychological Impact of Incarceration: Implications for Post-Prison Adjustment - Chris Haney------------------------------------------Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck out our Youtube where we have more resources atHandcuffed to FreedomFacebook. Instagram.

49 minOCT 7
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Psychological Effects of Incarceration

Monday Nugget: How to Keep Good Posture

Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck out our Youtube where we have more resources atHandcuffed to Freedom

54 sOCT 5
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Monday Nugget: How to Keep Good Posture

Overcoming fear w/ Rafael Batain

Guest host Rafael Batain talks about ways to overcome fear. What fear is stopping you from go after your dreams?14 ways to conquer fear------------------------------------------Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck out our Youtube where we have more resources atHandcuffed to FreedomFacebook. Instagram.

19 minOCT 1
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Overcoming fear w/ Rafael Batain

Monday Nugget: Chew Your Food

In this hyperconnected world, full of distractions, its so hard to find time to just 'be.' By focusing on chewing your food when you eat you not only will eat less, but you are also practicing mindfulness, a meditation technique that can improve all aspects of your life.Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation------------------------------------------Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck out our Youtube where we have more resources atHandcuffed to Freedom

3 minSEP 28
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Monday Nugget: Chew Your Food

My Story: Journey to Recovery

A solo episode where I share my journey from addiction to recovery through 8 1/2 long years of a drug filled prison experience. This one is for anyone who struggles with addiction. Your not alone. Recovery is possible. An amazing future is ahead of you.------------------------------------------Contact us athandcuffed2freedom@gmail.comIf you’d like to support us, you can atwww.patreon.com/handcuffedtofreedomCheck out our Youtube where we have more resources atHandcuffed to Freedom

55 minSEP 23
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My Story: Journey to Recovery
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