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Imprisoned on the Inside and Out; The Story of Wilbur Williams



Wilbur Williams is a disabled at-risk individual who is in need of social services provided by True Light Family Resource Center in Kansas City.  Born to a once drug-addicted mother and raised in the Kansas City’s inner core by his grandmother in government projects, Williams graduated from an unaccredited public school system into a world of gang life, drugs and imprisonment. He became disabled in prison from a negative side-effect of a drug prescribed to him in prison by a medical doctor.  He has permanent nerve damage called Tardive Dyskenesia.  It is a severely debilitating condition that renders it difficult to control nerve and muscle spasms.  Now released from prison he is unable to qualify for food stamps, housing assistance, and is legally discriminated against in regards to housing and employment.  He struggles to rebuild his life outside of prison.





Wilbur Williams, sits on his mother's sofa after recently being released from prison. He was incarcerated for a drug related offense.
Williams meets with Pastor Alice at True Light Family Resource center for counseling.
Williams suffers from permanent Tartive Dyskenisia, a rare side effect from a prescription he was given in prison by a medical doctor.
Williams struggles to hold his head straight because of his muscle spasms as he walks to his doctor's appointment.
Williams suffers daily from uncontrollable muscle spasms.
Williams had other inmates document his feelings of neglect in the prison after he started experiencing negative side effect from his medicine.
A broken swing hangs at the now shuttered school where Williams attended as a boy. The school district has now lost it's state accreditation.
After Williams graduated high school, he had few employment options. He joined the Crypts, was shot in the knee, started selling drugs and going to prison.
Williams now faces a different kind of imprisonment, one of low education, poverty, unemployment, physical disability, and legalized discrimination.
Williams lies frustrated on his mother's sofa waiting to save enough money from his disability check to have his own apartment.
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