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Fatherhood From Afar

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Courtesy of Oscar Perez
Oscar Perez and his daughter

From the series Uncuffed:

As a teenager, Oscar Perez says he was generally quiet and reserved. Then suddenly within a year's time, he became a father, and was sentenced to a long prison term. Learning to parent a child that he has only met while inside hasn't been easy. Uncuffed producer Mayito Guzman talked to Perez about the journey of connecting with his daughter — who's now a teenager — and how he’s worked to develop himself into a loving, caring father.

“I’d write little letters, send little pictures, lil' drawings, knowing she ain't gonna read 'em 'til she gets older.”
Oscar Perez

Uncuffed is produced by people in California prisons. Hear more stories like this by subscribing to Uncuffed in podcast players: WeAreUncuffed.org

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