Many of the women Kelly depends on for support and encouragement are still behind bars at the Lincoln Correctional Center. Joanna, an inmate serving 13 1/2 years for armed violence and conspiring to commit first-degree murder, says she believes in her friend.
"She's getting the opportunity to start her life again and help raise her kids. She's got the opportunity to make something of herself and put this place behind her," Joanna says. "She can just think about how hard it was in here and make the right decisions in life."
Jessie and Tina, two other inmates, also wish the best for Kelly and her family. "I just want her to remember, every day, to do the best that she can," Tina says.
Oprah says 700,000 people like Kelly are released from prison every year. "We need to do whatever we can to rehabilitate and have support services so that it doesn't happen again," she says.
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