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Why should Americans care about mass incarceration? Monalisa Johnson shares the inspiring, real, and tear-jerking story about her life behind bars. However, there’s a catch: it was for reality TV. Monalisa brings her first had experience and teaches, and serves as an example, the changes we need in incarceration.

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Monalisa Johnson

Monalisa Johnson

Monalisa is not just an International TV Personality who recently appeared on Season 2 of the hit TV Show “60 Days In” and UK’s “The Jail”, which aired on A&E. She regularly appears for TV interviews, radio talk shows, TEDx, and is sought after worldwide for advice on the prison family. Monalisa Johnson has proven herself to be an exceptional and accomplished TV Personality, businesswoman, and visionary!
Monalisa’s life was completely knocked off course when she received a call in August 2012 from her one and only daughter stating, “Mom, I’ve been arrested!” Her daughter was ultimately sentenced to 10 years in prison and Monalisa’s seemingly happy, well thought out life, suddenly became unrecognizable.
In the initial years of her daughter’s incarceration, Monalisa’s emotional health was at an all-time low. She struggled with understanding society’s negative and callous view of incarceration, and she also lacked an understanding of her declining emotional health. She realized she had a lot to learn about her new “normal” …The World of Incarceration.
Unable to find any assistance or resources that might help to cope and improve her circumstances, Monalisa remembered a valuable lesson she learned from her successful professional life and coach training: necessity breeds invention and innovation. She decided to create the help that she so critically needed. Immediately Monalisa founded Parents with Incarcerated Children, Inc. to make sure that other parents had access to the tools, resources, and support they needed to navigate their new journey, with grace and ease.
Monalisa’s current mission is to put a human face on the prison family & criminal justice system; incarceration involves individuals enduring a process of imprisonment. However; there are faces, families, people, and personal stories behind every incarceration… it is not merely a process. Giving back to others what they need, when they need it most, is the reason why Monalisa created this organization: to SERVE! Advocating and lifting not just Parents of Incarcerated Children, but also their families. This is a large part of Monalisa’s destiny and testimony. Her journey continues… joyfully as she is now visiting churches and speaking to mainstream audiences all over this nation and abroad, bringing awareness, resources, and tools to answer the question “WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT MASS INCARCERATION?” Monalisa clarifies her assignment as a voice to the nations to Rebuild the Family Unit and Restore Empathy to mankind. Monalisa is a restorative advocate and transformational change agent!