Mom leaves prison, thanks Girl Scouts for child's monthly visits

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by Crystal Cruz

azfamily.com

Posted on January 25, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 25 at 8:13 PM

PHOENIX -- Estelle Streich is a free woman.

“I'm a sinner and I don't deserve the second chance that I've been given,” said Streich.

It's a second chance to put her daughter, Haillee Nance, 8, first.

“When I first saw her I didn't recognize her,” said Nance.

“I wasn't wearing orange anymore,” said Streich.

Inside the Perryville Women's prison in Goodyear everyone wears orange. Streich was sentenced to three years behind bars for trafficking stolen property. Nance first started visiting Streich in prison three years ago.

“When she first came she didn't want to leave that first time,” said Streich.

The Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Program shuttled Nance to Perryville monthly.

“Although we only spent two hours when she came with the Girl Scout program, it was enough to keep a bond between us,” said Streich.

The mother is confident her criminal ways are behind her now.

“My life is 100 percent better than it has been. To go back isn't an option,” said Streich.

The pair now attends Freeway Baptist Church in Phoenix regularly. The mother has faith, her daughter has hope.

“This month I’m hoping that she can spend the night,” said Nance.

“I missed her, I missed her a lot,” said Streich.

Streich is on parole for the next year, she hopes to get an apartment and share custody of her daughter down the road.

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