Elaina* curls up at one end of the sofa in her living room, as she invites me to have a seat at the other end. The petite 30 year-old has short cropped hair, an engaging smile and a radiant glow about her. She launches right into the story of her path from prison to where she is now.
"The few people I've told about being in prison – they're like, 'WHAT?' I guess they have some picture in their head of prison inmates," she says, shrugging. "So maybe I don't fit their picture."
Her latest stint at the Lancaster County Prison was her third incarceration. "This time around, it was a mental change for me," Elaina explains. "I finally realized I didn't want that kind of life again." . . .