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Inmate Blog Entry: Wednesday, April 26 2017

Inmate Blog Category: Life


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Age: 31
Location: Vacaville, CA
Total Blog Entries: 2
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A couple of years ago on a summer day my sister was visiting and I was sitting across to children’s playpen at the visiting center. I was watching two kids, a boy and a girl, inside the playpen, moving around plastic building blocks. I was intrigued, they were hard at work building an elaborate structure-I imagined it to be a castle. These two kids really focused all their energy on this project of theirs. This castle I imagined, had towers, internal passages and gates. Just when they had nearly finished the project, some other kid came along and knocked down the castle. The blocks came tumbling down. I expected it to kids to burst into tears, devastated by what had happened to their hard work, there castle. Instead, they filled the entire visiting center with their laughter. I couldn’t help of being. The two kids-a white little boy with tan brown hair and rosy cheeks, and a black little girl and pigtails, held hands from moment’s time, just laughing. They invited the other kid, a brown little boy with the mohawk, to join them in rebuilding a bigger house for the three of them. And so I watched them-all three of them, hard at work again, building another castle. I realize that they taught me an important lesson. All the things in my life, all the complicating structures I build spending so much time creating, can be knocked down. Only my relationships with those I love, and who love me, will endure. I told this to my sister, sooner or later something happens and we get knocked down- what we work so hard to build gets knocked down. When that happens, only the person who has somebody’s hand to hold will be able to laugh. We held each other’s hand for the following five hours, never letting go, until it was time to leave.
Inmate Blog Entry: Monday, July 31 2017

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Alexander Calderon's Profile
Age: 31
Location: Vacaville, CA
Total Blog Entries: 2


Lame, corny, silly and funny – the funny was in a sarcastic tone. I’ve received letters mocking my front page ad with these words. My superhero ad didn’t have too many fans! It was suggested that when I am released I should attend ComicCon as SuperConvict and that my ad was SuperLame, Ouch! But a single mother of 3 teenagers from Denver, Colorado writes me a letter and sends me two pictures of one of her sons. Looking at these two pictures I couldn’t help it, I couldn’t hold back, the tears came. I was looking at a mother, arms wrapped around a small kid wearing an Ironman costume. She tells me he’s 5 years old in that picture, his favorite superhero is Ironman. The other picture I’m looking at a teenager, head shaved, gang tattoos displayed on his face and neck. I get captured in his eyes, their tense, strong, piercing when I realize how familiar those eyes are to me. The tears come. The familiar pain, anger, hurt, defiance in those eyes. The mom tells me, “In that picture he’s 16 and I don’t know what happened to the little boy who wanted to be Ironman”. I don’t know how many kids are in juvenile detention centers right now but I know that most of these kids, boys and girls, will eventually find themselves in adult prisons, soon enough, any of you, tell me, how does a little girl end up as a teenager on the streets, selling herself? How does a little boy become a teenager pulling the trigger of a gun and taking a life away? I look at that picture of that boy and I ask, what happened to him? What happened to Ironman?




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