Escape Your Prison

Escape Your Prison


Our Movement

Inspiring women to escape their prisons. Invisibility, boredom, fear, duty – can all be prisons. By escaping, you’ll discover the woman you’re meant to be.


Unleashed became a roadmap to redemption and the foundation for a series of workbooks and programs, planners, kits and journals, lovingly designed for women.

My Story

If you search this site looking for a broken woman with a felony conviction, you’ll find me. If you search more hoping for answers, you’ll find a woman living with conviction.

Unleashed Voices

Stories from women in our community

You are not your worst mistake…

Surviving cancer, Toby realized she had yet to do something that would change the world. So, she started a prison dog program, taking dogs from... Read More "You are not your worst mistake…"

Use your time to find out who you really are…

Proof that felons come from all walks of life, Gina was raised in a good home, but each of us deals with temptation and shame... Read More "Use your time to find out who you really are…"

Don’t be afraid to take risks…

Indra indicated that her parents were lying, stealing drug-addicts. Ironic that Indra, in the same breath said that her mother ruled with an “iron fist”,... Read More "Don’t be afraid to take risks…"

It all started with one step…

Gabby, a single mother of five, came to our office in tears. She had just been released from prison, was about to lose permanent custody... Read More "It all started with one step…"

Changing the world…


Were 12 days with John Manard worth 10 years of your life?

When the reporter shouted that question at me outside a Tennessee courthouse, I had no idea what he was talking about. I didn’t get 10 years, but 27 months was a game changer.

The harshest prisons don’t have bars. You don’t have to be incarcerated to face serious adversity. A failed busines, splintered home or broken relationship has the power to drop the strongest woman to her knees.

It had been so easy to ignore it until John showed me the contrast. His shameless desire released me to see the world differently. Not every dog gets a chance to be unleashed, but when they do… some dogs, exhilarated to near intoxication, can’t help but bolt.

At 48, having spent my life tethered by duty, I escaped.

My fearsome and shameful story of redemption runs through ruin; but grit, love and grace are powerful antidotes.

Behind bars, I found freedom from expectations, obligation and deadlines. I discovered me. Gut-wrenching, soul-searching, wailing days were fruitful and the ashes for a new garden were rich. I discovered that relationships can be empathetic and forgiving. I also learned that not everyone will accept the new you. You have to move on anyway.

If you are a woman who has somehow fallen, I know the pain you feel. You are not alone. I know how difficult it is to come back from being down. But hear this, victory is sweetest when the challenge is greatest.

My story challenges you to confront your fears, boldly evaluate where you are and courageously change. I fought hard to heal. I wanted to quite, but there’s an old saying that the strength of a woman’s character is measured by the obstacle that stops her.

If you browse my story looking for a broken woman with a felony conviction, you’ll find me. If you search this site hoping for answers, you’ll find a woman living with conviction. With wisdom, you’ll find both.

I wouldn’t advise anyone to break a convicted murdered out of prison, but if you find yourself with the opportunity and the notion to do it… don’t forget to learn something from the experience.

“Was it worth it?” The answer to that question is still being written.

My name is Toby, better known as The Dog Lady of Lansing Prison.