What It's Like To Spend Father's Day In Prison

Father’s Day produces a complicated mix of emotions for the thousands of fathers in the U.S. who are imprisoned.

“Father’s Day is a uniquely difficult time of the year for me,” dad and prisoner Bruce W. Harrison wrote in a note sent to The Huffington Post via nonprofit organizationFamilies Against Mandatory Minimums. “It reminds me of the fact that I’ve served more than 20 years in federal prison. Decades of my life spent behind bars instead of time I should have been spending with my family.”

Harrison and three other dads shared their feelings of pain, remorse and hope with HuffPost in the heart-wrenching notes below, which have been edited for length and clarity.

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By Simon McCormack June 20. 2015