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I Just Need Friends
I came to jail as a 19 year old teenager yet mentally I was still a toddler. I was in the streets all day and night and I was constantly drunk and high off marijuana and ecstasy pills. I was selling drugs and stayed sleeping with different women, the crazy part is I was doing it all to fit in, it really wasn’t about that life. I was the 8 hour job type who always stayed in a relationship but the streets turn me into another person.
I can honestly say my case was a mistake due to drugs and I’m never coming back to prison. Being young and scared without a lawyer I listened to a public defender and took a plea deal for 15 years. I was told my charges would be at 50% so I thought I would only do 7 years and six months and be home by age 26 but turns out the plea was at 85% and I come home at age 32 in 2020. Basically my life was taken because I didn’t know the law.
I’ve currently wrote two urban novels called “My Hometown Chicago” 1 and 2 and I am currently trying to start a self-help magazine called “Signed Life”.
I had a big win in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals this past month. On June 27th, 2018 the CCA reversed and set aside 5 of my friends convictions in which he had 3 life sentences without parole and another 720 years. The appeal I did for him took over 4 years. Astonishingly since the courts took so long he has a lot going for him. Back in 2015 a constable in Harris County was in charge of organizing the evidence room and he mistakenly threw away evidence in old cases. His was included. I expect the Harris County D.A's office to come at him with a good plea deal or there is a good chance he will be acquitted as his case is over 10 years old.
Another case I hope gets decided soon is for an appeal I did out of Texarkana. My friend asserted at trial and for 8 years another person committed his crime. The D.A. denied knowledge of having information about someone else being accused. Well low and behold we were able to get a hold of a police report where the police had another suspect but dismissed their charge because my fiend had been arrested. I filed a writ for him in 2016 on prosecutorial misconduct and the court appointed him an attorney. Hopefully they will reverse his case within this year.
I really enjoy helping people with their appeals in here.
Blog update~~ Well, I have some news considering my dear Lab Annie. I have recently been promoted to primary dog trainer and this has brought some changes to my status on my team Annie L Because a team consists of a primary trainer, a secondary trainer and a puppy parent. I am now no longer on Team Annie as a secondary handler. I will still be involved in her preparation, but not as much and not formally. On the bright side J I have been entrusted by NLKA with a fully sponsored 11 week old Golden Retriever puppy named Dazzle. She will be with me for the next two years as we begin our journey together. As her primary trainer I will solely be responsible for her upbringing and education. Dazzle so far has been a complete joy and at the same time a lot of work. I look forward to the days ahead and know she will serve a Veteran one day immensely. All the love and work I pour into her will provide much needed support to a wounded warrior and that makes it worth all of it. In the meantime, I wake up every morning to a bright smile and little Dazzle rolling on her back waiting for her morning belly rub J
On other news, I have finished my current classwork at Ohio University and now begin the following classes pending approval: Exploring Musical Styles, Human Geography, the Theatrical Experience, Politics in the USA, Principles of Microeconomics, Rise of Modern Asia, Critical Analysis of Fiction/Non-Fiction and finally another Calculus class. Wish me luck. I have included with this update a black and white pic of me and Dazzle. I will send a color photo as soon as I get one.
Luis Alberto Ramirez #2861987
Man am I excited. This is the first blog I’ve written and it’s about some great news – Some recent changes in California juvenile laws are having a beneficial impact for me and many others. So much so that I can potentially go home soon. I know it sounds insane but it’s true. I saw another young man in my same situation, a juvenile that was tried as an adult and got Life without Parole, and he just went home after 9 years incarcerated. It’s because of California Proposition 57 which passed in November 2016 and a recent California Supreme Court ruling saying the juvenile portion is retroactive. Which make it apply to me and many others who were juveniles. It’s not a for sure thing, but it’s something I have my hopes high for. I realize that every case is different but if they’re looking for the potential for rehabilitation, that’s me all the way. I made a mistake when I was a kid, a terrible one. I know I can’t change anything except for myself and I already started that a long time ago. Even before all the changes to the laws started, even back when I was in prison and everything looked and felt hopeless, I realized that this isn’t the life I want for myself. I’ve changed a lot. I’ve matured and learned from my mistakes. Thanks to my family’s unconditional love and support, I’ve learned through them what’s important to me. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without them. I’m not perfect but I strive to better myself every single day. I owe everything to them and if I get out I plan to do my best to show them how grateful I am. I just want a second chance at life. Hopefully I get it. Whatever happens though, good or bad, it’s not gonna change me or my goals and dreams and who I want to be. I want to live a good life and show that people can change and deserve a second chance. That’s my hope.
Jeremy Jackson #01265652
My Reflection: Emotional Bondage Part 1
Behind these prison walls where I mourn and lament
These are not walls of brick or cement
No, this is a prison of emotional bondage
Where hate and pain pay homage
Where loneliness and fear discourage fight
And shadows of darkness suppress light
When you look in the mirror he’s always there
With loads of despair – burden to bare
You build yourself as strong as a levee
But this weight is always one pound too heavy
Deep into the soul of hopelessness – gloom so utterly latent
Hiding in the crevice of the heart – your spirits own patent
The onslaught, turmoil hinder your future to see
Opaque and murky blinded by misery
Mirages of freedom veiled by curtains of doom
On the cusp of your grasp never to be consumed
A ripple on the water conceals his detection
The face of the placid sea reveal my reflection
How can we spread the word about things that are important to us?~~
From day one, it was ‘family’. I have a son and he’s my motivation to overcome any obstacle that gets in the way. How I look at things is going to make sense. I'm not with the drama, I choose wisely who I hang with. I have a support system and I thank God for that. The things that I do deal with on a daily basis is attending culinary arts through Lake Land College, learning Portuguese, working out to stay fit, and use this time not to break me but better me- that’s the real issue. There’s much more to life, all we have to do is go find it ourselves. (You may comment on this bog and share your personal opinion.)
More About Me
I am writing this blog to help tell a little more about myself. I have had a few responses to my profile, but not much luck so far finding someone who wants to just talk and get to know each other.
Before I get too far into this I just want to say if you write to me through the mail, please be sure to write your return address clearly. I have had two people write and I couldn’t make out their addresses.
I have lived in Southeast Ohio almost all of my life. I have always been a hard worker. I like to work on cars, just go for a ride with the windows down. I am a huge fan of movies and TV (especially now). I love to cook out, camp, or just go for r walk in the woods. I have always been the kind of guy who would try new things. I was the person in school who could be friend with anyone.
I have a couple of other pictures that I can send if you would like to see them, or you can go to JPay.com and look me up. WE can write to each other there or send pictures or videos. I will always be sure to write back as soon as I hear from you. I hope that you will tell me something about yourself and to ask me anything that you would like to know. Can’t wait to hear from you.
Some guys feel the need to be macho, while entertaining prideful ways. I’m too humble and down to earth for that. Besides, I’m 46 years old now, why should I keep acting like I’m fine?
Friends come and go but only the righteous remain and it’s only a very few when troubles begin. A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. The only way to have a friend is to be one…
When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have, the world would be a better place if everyone tried being a lil more open minded and nonjudgmental more often. We all have flaws and our own burdens, what counts is how you carry it.
Anyhow, I’m hoping to relate to someone, meet genuine people to help me establish positive contact to the outside and bring positivity into each other’s lives. Socializing and sharing experiences helps everyone. I hope to hear yours. You can email me directly through jpay.com mobile App.