Straight Talk Publications and Writing

Defining and Measuring Recidivism Recidivism “refers to a person’s relapse into criminal behavior, often after the person receives sanctions or undergoes intervention for a previous crime.”

Five Stages of Grief Grief is a natural part of losing a loved one to the penal system. Straight Talk Support Group Founder Bessie Elmore helps you understand this process in a November 2015 essay.

Straight Talk Training Manual Version 2 This is the most recent version of a work in progress to guide people in starting new Straight Talk Support Group chapters. We are creating a model which can be replicated wherever it is needed.

Straight Talk Pamphlet from Nov 2015 gives a quick overview of our work and resources.

Bessie Elmore, center, and  her daughter Cheryl McDonald visit with William Elmore at Orange Correction Center in Hillsborough, N.C., Sunday, May 5, 2013. The three have grown close through the past 20 years of William's incarceration. They plan to use what they've  learned to help other families through Straight Talk, a support group for family and friends of people in prison.
Bessie Elmore, center, and her daughter Cheryl McDonald visit with William Elmore at Orange Correction Center in Hillsborough, N.C., Sunday, May 5, 2013. The three have grown close through the past 20 years of William’s incarceration. They plan to use what they’ve learned to help other families through Straight Talk, a support group for family and friends of people in prison.

Support group Straight Talk helps families of prisoners _ North Carolina _ Indy Week

Woman starts support group for families of relatives in prison _ The Herald-Sun