Deborah Jiang-Stein Testimonials



“Deborah Jiang Stein is not just an inspiration for incarcerated women who have struggled with addiction, jaded pasts or uncertain futures, but for anyone- male or female- who  have ever struggled within themselves to find their true identity and where they fit in our society. Deborah’s story is one like no other, yet we can all relate in some way. I look forward to working with Deborah within my Girl Scouts Beyond Bars programming for years to come.”

Rachel Green

Program Coordinator Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, serving New Hampshire and Vermont

"Deborah Jiang Stein’s life is a testament to the nobility of the human spirit. Deborah’s journey is one of the most inspiring examples of that which I have ever encountered in nearly 40 years of ministry…despite horrible odds, has helped Deborah to believe that nothing is impossible. If ever there was a story that could help us all have the gift of foolishness to attempt the things others say cannot be done, this is that story.”

Rev. Howard Anderson, Ph.D

Rector, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Parish

Pacific Palisades, California

"To have Deborah come into our facility and connect on more that an emotional level with the inmate population is immeasurable. The women in the audience were able to open up and bear some emotional grief and proceed with the healing and forgiving process.”


The challenges facing the huge number of children born to female inmates remains a significantly unexplored area for criminal justice practitioners and scholars. Deborah Jiang Stein’s work to explore her own journey as the child born to a federal inmate can serve to focus the attention of both practitioners and scholars on a relatively unexplored, yet critical issue facing the American Criminal Justice System.”


Felix Figueroa

Correctional Lieutenant

California Institution for Women (CIW)

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster (former)

LAPD  (Los Angeles Police Department)