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People of Cessnock is a blog by local resident, Rebecca Murray. The project seeks to value the people of her home town by sharing their stories value and raising the profile of people living outside metropolitan areas.



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“I just got out of jail. Like, today. Just now. I’m trying to get back home.

I came out in thongs so I had to go into target and buy these shoes and they were $50 and I was like, “Wow”.

There are people waiting for me. They just don’t know I was getting out. Because I didn’t know I was getting out too.

Well, I thought I still had this thing called ICO. It’s like, a parole supervision order … something like that. So, I thought I still had to serve because I breached it by not attending one of the meetings. And yeah, they surprised me yesterday afternoon. They just said, “You’re getting out.”

I’ve served just under 6 months. It sounds short but it doesn’t feel short when you’re going through it.

I’m 26 soon.

I grew up playing footy. That’s what I did all my life until I messed up. Found myself in trouble. And the thing that sucks about when you get in trouble is that you just keep, like …

Once you get in trouble, it’s always hanging over your shoulders. So, instead of just getting a ‘move along’ from the police, it’s back to jail, go through the system again and then they release you.

Yeah, it’s a bit of a sad cycle.

I think people just … they get judged early, you know? That’s what it’s like these days anyway.

But yeah, it’s a bit surreal. It still hasn’t clicked in quite yet but I’m sure as I get closer to home it’ll kick in. I just need to get home.”