Inmate Blog Entry:Friday, January 24 2014
Inmate Blog Category:REFORM
To parent or not to parent… There are roughly 2.4 million incarcerated individuals in America. On average incarcerated mothers have 1.8 children, 69% of incarcerated fathers have 1 child, 34% have 2, 36% have 3 or more. From the statistics we can deduce that 2+ million children in America are affected by incarceration. Why is it that most often it's the child(ren) whom are most strikingly afflicted by this national trend? 33% of incarcerated mothers have never visited with their child(ren). 54% of incarcerated fathers do not have a continuing relationship with their child(ren)'s mother. Because of these reasons, connections become disrupted. Children then miss out on the essentials bestowed upon them by (a) parent(s) wisdom, i.e. core values, critical thinking, problem solving skills, and traditions. This can cause children to have low self-esteem and a host of other negative issues; one that I wish to curb before their development. I believe in expanding the parenting roles and rights to the incarcerated with aid and strengthen our society. Communities could become safer, crime would lower, and this would preserve tax payers dollars. I am basing my belief off of a theory ("The Intergenial Criminality Cycle") which states "a child is seven times more likely to enter prison as an adult if they have an incarcerated parent." If the above stated there is valid than what can be done to counter its effects? I am convinced that inclusive parenting roles provided to the incarcerated would be a start if not the answer. Please share your thoughts and feelings with me.
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Inmate Blog Entry:Wednesday, January 29 2014
Inmate Blog Category:MAIL ISSUES
THANK YOU AND BE PATIENT!
Hello and Happy New Year! I've received such fun, inviting, and sincere letters and emails. There's a few who have stood out to me and I'm blogging because due to the holidays, our prison was 3 to 4 weeks behind in mail. Please don't shy away, because it's only a temporary setback. Things are picking up as I write. I will always respond your mail the day I receive it and I'll also send lil' surprises in between to let you know your being thought of. I'm taking my time to search for friends and also a partner to go through my new changed life, explore new things, and create and build a relationship that is unbreakable. Communication, trust, love, loyalty, and happiness. It takes work and a lot of willingness to open up, show yourself and not hold back. I want to know you inside and out throughout our time together here so that when you pick me up on my day of freedom we will feel as if we've known each other all our lives! “WE” will be luckier than most people who go through life not knowing the person they lay next to at night. I can assure you that once I give myself to you fully, you'll know what it feels like to be totally in a space where you can be you! Your secretive thoughts, your need to sneak around will be a thing of the past. You'll have all you need in your own home. We together will create whatever scene fits the moment, so don't give up on me during this time of slow-moving CDC mailroom delay. Hang tight and dive in. You'll never regret taking a chance of finding me, right here in front of your eyes. Postcards are quick and I would love to call your cell and hear your voice. Chemistry is the key. Step into my search for that very different, unique, and adventurous male friend.
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Inmate Blog Entry:Wednesday, January 29 2014
Inmate Blog Category:Life
That we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
That you can do something in an instant that will give heartache for life.
That you should always leave loved ones with loving words, it may be the last time you see them.
That you can keep going long after you think you cant.
That we are responsible for what we do no matter how we feel.
That either you control your attitude or it controls you.
That regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades, and there have better be something else to take its place.
That heroes are the people who do what has to be done when It needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
That money is a lousy way of keeping score.
That my best friend and I can do anything or nothing, and have the best time.
That sometimes, the people you expect to kick you when you’re down will be the ones to help you get back up.
That sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.
That just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.
That Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, and no man goes to the Father, but by Him!
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Inmate Blog Entry:Saturday, February 1 2014
Inmate Blog Category:LIFE
WHAT I'VE LEARNED
LIFE-- I learned that life will spring hard times on you "without warning" and as much as you attempt to prepare and be ready for them, it's almost impossible. I would say simply impossible but I strive to believe that nothingz impossible. But how can someone plan for the unknown, unseen.... It's simply trying to conquer an opponent that is not only invisible but "never was" until "it's been". Our only option is to walk with our heads held high and smiles on high beam. No one person's life will be exact with another's but the experience will sometimes be compatible, but never the same. Similar doesn't come close to the person's thoughts, emotionz, and ability to cope. So we as people can only give a shoulder to lean on, hoping that it will be accepted. Preparation is something you can only hope coincides with the up-and-coming ups and downs. Constantly we overlook small things that impact us in a major way. A smile and not the action of it but the warm feeling it fills your soul with and its ability to defrost a cold state of mind or situation for even those few precious moments. Life is worth all we come to learn on the journey. The "highs" sometimes don't mean as much. Enjoying and living for the good times that sometimes we forget how strong the best times made us. "But that's life." Swayzee
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Inmate Blog Entry:Friday, February 28 2014
Inmate Blog Category:RELATIONSHIPS
When you always date type, you leave little flexibility for meeting people outside of it, which can leave you making the same mistakes but expecting a different result. Ask yourself, "Does my type conflict with my relationship goals?" Be open-minded. If you set a mark for qualities, characteristics, morals, and values you want in a mate, and then leave out the rest, you'll put yourself in a better position to meet and receive someone who is compatible. Focus on one thing: How does this person make me feel about myself? When you do this, you start to look at people differently and are willing to really "see" those you might have overlooked. Communication, loyalty, and trust play a big role in gaining sincere friendship to me. If I can find that in any woman I meet, our relationship will have no limits. Truly Yours, Kevin
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Inmate Blog Entry:Saturday, March 1 2014
Inmate Blog Category:Jobs/Interests
PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINER
My whole life changed, the moment I started to learn how to train a Service/Assistance dog. I always loved dogs when I was a child, but never would I have thought training dogs would be a passion for me! Don’t get me wrong, I achieved all of my goals when I completed other trade and vocational skills.
Yet when it dealt with dog training, my abilities excelled and my devotion to that cause surpassed. People were calling me titles like: Dog Whisperer, Dog Expert, and The Dog Trainer! The name I found intriguing was the “Dog Trainer”, and it pushed me to another level of commitment.
Every time I graduate a Service/Assistance dog and that dog was matched with a disabled child or adult, it gives me an overwhelming feeling of gratitude that I assisted someone with a disability that needed this dog to function in their everyday life tasks.
Now that I have the possibility to go home soon, one of my goals when I get out is to own a dog daycare and training business.
I hope these words inspired you in some type of positive way, or even just put a smile on your face. If so, then write and share your thoughts with me, because it’s great to meet a new friend.
The dog trainer,
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Inmate Blog Entry:Tuesday, March 4 2014
Inmate Blog Category:THANK YOU
KEEP MOVING FORWARD!
Thank you everyone for your support. You may not know how much your correspondence means to me but every letter and email I receive brightens my day. Check out my most recent photo posted to my profile. I took it this summer and I think it shows my true nature as a soft, beautiful, strong woman. I'm coming up on a year into my cosmetology courses, which will mark half completion. It has proven to be more challenging than I expected. It's such a fantastic opportunity that the prison offers and only a small group of people attend, so I am very grateful. I look forward to having a career in the beauty industry when I leave here. It's exciting to think about. In my free time, I've been studying the book for school, reading, working out like a mad woman, and meditating. I've also incorporated more yoga into my routine because it makes me feel so good that I wonder why I ever quit. Oh, I must say that I adore all of the foreign mail. It's been such an enriching experience to learn about other cultures. Please continue to write, all of my worldly friends!!! Namaste.
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Inmate Blog Entry:Monday, March 10 2014
Inmate Blog Category:Life
There is light at the end of the tunnel, or as my father used to tell me “The sun will shine again after the storm.” What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. How many times have we all heard these words of strength and resilience.
The light at the end of my tunnel is my scheduled release date, back into the beautiful and sometimes crazy world of freedom. There is no doubt in my mind, no question in my heart that I am certainly ready and well prepared. I just need the world not to be so quick to place judgment on me and my turbulent past, and allow me a second chance. A second chance at life beyond these bars, gun towers, and 30ft walls.
Your past is not the sole factor in defining who you are. Simply stated, it’s not all about where you’ve been, but more importantly where you’re headed.
As you are reading this right now, ask yourself… “Would you be willing to give me a second chance?” Not a very easy question to ask without knowing very much about the man asking it.
If you were the owner of a company, would you hire me? Would you date me? Would you even write me?
According to the federal government, my debt to society is almost paid. If you ask me, I am so ready for that second chance, or at this point in my life, last chance….
“No one can outwork determination”
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Inmate Blog Entry:Monday, March 17 2014
Inmate Blog Category:LIFE
HELP INMATES TRANSITION!
It is no wonder to me why the recidivism rate in the Department of Corrections is so high. In my opinion there is more emphasis on fiscal gain than the rehabilitation of inmates. It is almost as though the "powers that be" want to keep the jails overfilled. In the business world, about 70% of profits come from repeat business, the same holds true here almost. Of course there are many factors that cause one to re-offend, and the main one, of course, is ourselves. Certain things that occur in here give me ample reason to draw the conclusion that more time is spent on "the bottom line" than sending a person out of prison equipped with the tools to be self-sufficient and able to adhere to the norms of the society to which they are returning. What I am referring to is the lack of vocational training, no collegiate financial aid, and poor discharge planning. About a month ago, I requested to be put on the waiting list for the CNA program, but found out that those positions are filled by the lifers. CNA stands for certified nursing assistant program. They work in the prison infirmary where they get certified by the state. I am twenty one credits shy of my BA degree in Sociology and I attempted to finish those in here. After contacting several accredited colleges, the cheapest one was around $300 per credit hour. Six months before discharge from an institution, we are given a list of halfway houses and shelters. There is no type of discharge counseling or some type of bridge program to help with the extreme transition that occurs. If these issues were aggressively addressed, I believe that there would be a few less repeat customers… which would probably not be good for this business.
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Inmate Blog Entry:Tuesday, March 18 2014
Inmate Blog Category:Friendship
HAPPY EASTER AND HAPPY SPRING!
As spring approaches I am looking forward for new friends to blossom in my life. I am thankful to have those who gave me strength and inspiration throughout the winter months. However, I am always looking for new friends as my time here is boring. I am still awaiting the opening of cosmetology class. I am anticipating that it will give my career a new direction. If you would like to get to know me I will be awaiting your letters. Happy Easter!!
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