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Zachary Bynum III
November 7 2019
It has been a daunting task producing a full-length novel from prison. In the North Carolina prison system, inmates don't have access to the internet, word processing, typewriters, or even copiers. I had to use the slow and expensive process of having multiple drafts done by outside typing and copying services.
When I first began writing, the prison authorities often discourage inmates from writing to publish. Some even had their manuscripts destroyed. Thankfully, a recent court settlement caused the North Carolina prisons to adopt rules that allow inmates to write and publish, so long as people outside of the prison handle the business and financial part.
The creative process of writing a novel was also challenging. I chose "classic" fantasy as a genre for several reasons. I have always loved reading fantasy. Because I did not have access to the Internet or any other way to research material for a book, fantasy was the perfect genre. All I needed was my own imagination.
It was also a struggle learning how to tell a story in an interesting way, instead of the lengthy and wordy style I used practicing law for over 25 years. Writing fantasy did have great benefits. Creating a world with fantastic creatures, races, and societies was often so engaging that it would let me escape from prison for a few hours, at least in my mind. It has been quite a literary journey.
Now I have a finished, professionally typed, self-edited, and copyrighted manuscript ready for professional editing and publication.
November 5 2019
Would you voluntarily allow a 17 year old child to make a decision for you that will have a profoundly negative effect on your life over the next 20 or more years? So, why tolerate them making such a decision for themselves?
A person younger than 18 cannot receive a sentence of death or life without parole. This declaration, by the US Supreme Court, was primarily made due to scientific evidence showing that human brains don't fully develop the abilities needed to make considerate, rational, and well-informed decisions until at least age 26. Laws involving adult privileges are in accord with these findings, because they exclude those under 18 from voting, renting cars, and/or apartments, or going out for drinks.
The only place where 17 year old children are automatically classified as "adults" is a criminal prosecution in the States of Texas, Georgia, and Wisconsin. Additionally, court certified children, as young as 14, can be sentenced to serve a minimum of 40 calendar years, just to become parole eligible in Texas.
Over the last few years, many States have passed "Raised the Age" laws, raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to age 18. During the last two Texas legislative sessions, in 2017 and 2019, the "Second Look" bill has been introduced, but not voted on. It calls for parole reform that will grant offenders convicted of crimes committed before they were 18, the opportunity for parole eligibility, once a maximum of 20 calendar years is served. Not parole guaranteed, but at least the chance to prove they have changed and are worthy of being free again. Twenty years is more than enough time for a person to grow into someone better.
With the help of diligent, understanding, and sympathetic people like you, we can get Texas to pass one, if not both of these bills, during the next legislative session, in 2021. We can also get similar laws passed in Georgia and Wisconsin. Show your support by promoting the bills on social media (#Tex2ndLook2021 or #RaiseTheAgeTexas), or by contacting Texas Congress members as well as newspapers/shows, Podcast, and helpful celebrities, (Oprah? Charles Koch?). We need all of the help we can get. Help push Texas, Georgia, and Wisconsin to pass bills that will help correct the injustices of these antiquated laws.
Thanks for the help. It is greatly appreciated.
November 5 2019
No man is a real man except there be an interaction with a woman.
It is impossible for any man to fully bring out his inner potential unless he interacts with a woman. There are things that only a woman can elicit from a man. She and all that she embodies allows a man to think differently, to move differently, and to engage in acts that will cause him to produce great things. Her ability to motivate him is second to none. She can do all of this with conscious effort at all on her behalf. Just by being herself is enough. Her soothing voice and her gentle touch. The energy that she emits has the transforming power to do this.
In this sense, no man can equal a woman. Men desire to grow. And we do, but there is room for so much more improvement and it is the interaction with a woman that can help facilitate this growth and sense of awareness. Just as this is true for a man, it is equally true for a woman. We both need one another to bring out the best in each other. No man can do for a man what a woman can. And no woman can do for a woman while a man can. None of this can happen without real and meaningful interaction. Just the mere thought of you will bring this out of any man.
November 5 2019
Thank you for taking time to read my profile. I love meeting new people and learning new things. So your age, race, religion, lifestyle, none is a problem. I even like women in uniform (smile).
I'm in great shape. Trust me, I could make even the youngest tap out (smile). You could tell me anything. I won't ever judge you and everyone needs someone outside your circle who will listen and care.
If you wrote me before through www.JPay.com and I never responded, it was because you never sent me your address and phone number on the letter you sent me. JPay will not give us your private information, so please write back and send me your address and phone number. Everyone else, please do the same when you write me. Send me your address and phone number, and pictures would be nice (smile).
I speak Spanish and would love to learn a new language if you teach me (smile). I love to have fun and enjoy life, especially with someone special by my side. Like I said, you could be rich, poor, be a doctor, actress, lawyer, ect… You could be anything. You will be surprised how good we could get along and learn from each other.
Everyone needs to try something new, if not, life would be boring. I also know how to keep your secrets, so please do not be shy and write me.
November 5 2019
Love is a contraband in hell. Cause love is an acid that eats away bars. But you, me, and tomorrow hold hands and make vows that struggle will multiply. My wings are my hope. The wall is the hacksaw, it has two blades. Everything you love is from a different world. I fly high, I am pregnant with freedom, then struck down. The shotgun has two barrels.
Now my wings are broken in half. After every dark night, the Sun will shine after bringing hope my wings will grow and spread out and fly again. We are pregnant with freedom. We are a conspiracy!
Everything you love is from a different world. Love is a contraband in hell. Cause love is an acid that eats away bars. But you, me, and tomorrow hold hands and make vows that struggle will multiply. My wings are my hope. The wall is the hacksaw, it has two blades. Everything you love is from a different world, pregnant with freedom, you fixed my broken wings.
November 5 2019
Have I said what it sounds like when a heart breaks inside a prison? It doesn't sound like a crash and it doesn't sound like a shatter. When a heart breaks inside a prison, if it sounds like anything at all, then it sounds like a scream that's trapped in a building caught on fire. It sounds like a scream that is just human. The scream, human and desperate, and it tries to throw itself high, up and over the hysterical pitch of the sirens and the greedy chomping of the flames.
Exhausted, it falls back where it gets vanished into a bigger, meaner orchestra of screams that comes from the fire and that comes from the sirens. The little human scream gets surrounded, envelopes, and then neutralized. My scream or her scream, or her scream or his are turned, without mercy, into ashes and soot. They are left behind to be rinsed or washed away forever.
Have I said that prison is a fire that seems to always be able to roar the loudest, to spread the furthest, to swallow the most, and to spare the least? Have I said what it sounds like when a heart breaks inside a prison? It doesn't sound like a shatter when a heart breaks inside a prison, it doesn't sound like a crash. When a heart breaks inside a prison, if it sounds like anything at all, then it sounds like a scream that's trapped in a building caught on fire!
November 5 2019
Currently I'm trying to make the best of my circumstance. A few months back I was transferred from my home state of Massachusetts and sent to finish the remainder of my sentence here in Virginia. Unfortunately, I don't know a soul here in this state and honestly, it's made it harder for me to prepare myself to be back into society. Being that I've been basically snatched away from the little support I did have that made it easier for people to turn their backs on me.
I'll always stay positive and hold my head regardless of the situation. I would like to have like-minded people around me and hopefully I can make someone smile in the process. I'm as loyal and genuine as they come.
So, I want what I give out in return. If you feel that you fit the description, hit me up! Til then… take care!
P.S. Feel free to contact me via JPay.
November 4 2019
Just letting everyone know that things have changed for me in the last 3 months. I was accepted into the Honors Unit, have learned to crochet, and have been making blankets for the Linus Program and have since been accepted into the PAWS Program. I will be training dogs to serve as PTSD service dogs for Veterans.
There is nothing better than knowing I am giving back to someone in need. Not only have these changes helped me personally and mentally, but there is nothing better than being surrounded by dogs. No judgment - just pure love & affection. I would love to communicate with others regarding my accomplishments in the last 3 months.
JPay me and we can talk.
October 24 2019
As I sit in this cell and think of all the great times I've had with my family and friends, a smile breaks through. Here recently, I've been learning how to be present when I talk or write to my family, friends, or people I meet. In practicing this, I've created memorable moments. The most recent moment was the last time my son, Eze, came to visit me. All my attention was on him; every random thought that tried to steal my attention and energy was swept away.
With a clear mind and heart, I was able to create an unforgettable memory. As my son sat on my lap at visit, he asked me, "Daddy is there hidden treasure somewhere?" Thinking quickly, I said, "Yes! There is!" His face lit up with surprise as if he just heard the answer to an unsolvable mystery. So he asked, "Where at daddy, where?" With a smile, I pointed at his heart and said, "Right there! You have so much hidden treasure to offer the world.Reach deep, deep down and share it." He smiled and hugged me.
So I ask, have you been creating unforgettable moments like this? Maybe you desire to, but some how or some way something always seems to interfere. If I could share one thing it would be, to be present; be in the moment, clench your toes and breath in and breath out and enjoy. These unforgettable moments become a part of who you are. Be Present.
Life Going Forward
October 20 2019
Since being incarcerated my mindset has changed tremendously. I went in a follower but soon manifested into a leader. I counsel the younger inmates and tell them my story. I tell them that I graduated from High School in the top 5 percentage and earned a scholarship to attend college. I tell them about how I grew up in the church singing in the choir praise dancing, performing duties as an Usher, and cooking side by side with my grandfather in the soup kitchen at Hopewell Baptist Church.
I was academically smart but socially stupid. I tell them how I was raised by my mom and dad and was never allowed to run the streets. I was working when I committed my crime all because I fell in with the idea of obtaining fast money. I didn't take into consideration my victim, my family, or my freedom. To date, I've counseled 200 inmates and approximately 187 have been released and are working, going to school for a trade, and are determined never re-enter the prison system.
I receive letters, pictures, and copies of their various academic awards. Once I'm released, I will publish 2 books I've written. I also have an LLC with my cousin and friend to design clothing denouncing all crimes and positive messages about lifting each other up and guiding our youth down the right path.
I know that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.