This Is Tracey

Tracey is the editor of the Tracey McMahon Blog. She writes for several publications, on women offenders and rehabilitation, and has herself served a suspended sentence. She is passionate about changing the way the government views women who offend, and is dedicated to removing the stigma all too often associated with women who have served sentences.

Tracey is the co-founder of The One In One Out Women’s Writing Programme. Details of which can be found here The Programme is a collaboration between SHE Project and her partners, Cohort4Women

When she’s not researching and writing about habilitation as she likes to call it, Tracey can be found on Twitter chatting, mostly about criminal justice and politics. But sometimes about shoes. And chocolate.

Tracey is also a highly accomplished transcriber, copywriter and translator.

Her experience inside the criminal justice system impacted her life deeply and gave her a unique insight into the process. Tracey now provides support and guidance to women who have served their own sentences as low risk offenders.

Tracey knows what it takes to turn your life around.

She’s changed her life for the better. And she thinks you can too.

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6 comments

  1. It looks like you have been on quite a journey, Tracey. I had quite an interesting voyage myself, having seen it from the inside (as a barrister) from 1991 until 2007 when it (almost quite literally) drove me crazy, and I have spent the past six or seven years trying to regain both my sanity and sense of perspective on life. It is encouraging to see what you have been through and how you have dealt with it. I just wanted to add my own words of encouragement.

  2. Hi Mark,

    Thank you for your comment. It is interesting reading your voyage and seeing the CJS through your eyes as a professional within.

    As I enter the home straight to the end of my sentence, I can move forward yet I look back often and see how I delved into the wreckage of the car crash.

    I hope you have regained sanity and perspective and feel free to expand anywhere on here if you are of the mind too. We hope to grow with people’s experiences of the CJS from all angles.

    Thank you again for taking the time.

    1. Hi Tracey,
      Thank you for your kind words. I will certainly consider carefully sharing some of my ‘experiences’ (particularly from 2007-2010) and, if so, I will do so as objectively as I can.
      I am sure you have inspired and given strength to a lot of people and will continue to do so. One piece of wisdom I have tried to remember is that you should never take a photograph of your life – just keep the camera running. A photo locks you in, holds you where you are. Life isn’t like that.
      Best wishes
      Mark

  3. Hello Mark,

    That would be great when you have a window. You are correct in holding on. I suppose in essence I still struggle with the guilt surrounding it all. Pleading guilty & feeling guilty are two very separate matters. Well for me anyway. It is not just a mistake. My actions hurt people and I did not have youth on my side to soothe the forward path. A middle-aged woman who did not lack her faculties. I get stuck there. If any of that makes a jot of sense.

    As I move forward though, and what drives me on is seeing how the CJS is embedded in itself. I didn’t have supervision, it was pointless sending me to prison (exact words of sentencing Judge) I had no home, it was one point where nobody cared about me & I cared about nobody. It was that point at which I could take the path I have done. Brought my business back to a workable and sought support. Once I sought it, I was able to look forward more. I see a lack of services along with people I have met along the way. There is no rehabilitation because it doesn’t exist in terms of other people being able to manage it. We still have to do 95% of the work ourselves. Rehabilitating myself has not been hard. I simply do not break the law. (Although it has to be said, I do still make bizarre mistakes) and that is about the sum of it for me. The system sets up people for failure. It is like a trap. I was out of the system in that I had no recourse to services. I had to get on with life. It is that journey that with help & support could be a service to some.

    Mark, thank you for your words of wisdom. It does me good to rebrick at times and try not to do too much of looking at that photograph.

    1. Yes great wisdom here.

      Re guilt. It is known as the gift that keeps on giving and is programmed deeply into our patriarchal system.

      Where women are concerned Eve was Framed is an excellent read.

      Yes re doing our own inner healing journey. So few even understand the concept of looking inside and not out.

      1. Catherine,

        Thank you so much for your comment and I will check out Eve was Framed.

        It is only when we develop a conscience, that we are able to begin to move forward.

        Thank you, again.

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