Hello to everyone out there in the world. Hope everyone is staying safe and keeping their head up during this global pandemic.
My name is Joe, I'm 32 from a biracial family in the small city of Beacon, New York. I've been incarcerated since 2006 when I was 18, and hope to return to society sooner than expected.
In the meantime, I'm looking to socialize/network with people who will have my best interest at heart (I'll do the same) in order to continue learning and be as productive as possible.
I was charged, convicted, and sentenced for attempted murder of a police officer. Fortunately, the officer isn't dead, or paralyzed. He's able to still work, be with his family, friends, and go about his everyday life normally - because the bullet never entered his body. Still in all, after trial at the age of 20, I was sentenced to more time in jail than I was on earth - 25 to life. What justice does that serve? I don't know, because if I was to reenter society today, I'd no longer be a liability - I'd be an asset!
Everyone who had to deal with a tough situation, knows there's two sides to a story. We also know that the news outlet only reports what they are told; especially when it comes to these types of cases. Unfortunately, in this situation the camera phones that capture nearly everything nowadays, weren’t available in 2006.
I'm not trying to portray myself as an angel. I'm saying that I was absolutely guilty of gun possession - not attempted murder. I was railroaded by trial. I have a cop case, yet was appointed an attorney who was a former police officer, that failed to investigate, call witnesses, or make crucial objections.
Everyone sees what's going on in the world with blatant biases and unconscious biases. How could the court think someone who was pro-police possibly represent someone with my type of case? One can only imagine how many statutory and constitutional violations took place.
On another note, if the goal of prison is to 1) punish the dependent, 2) protect society, and 3) ultimately rehabilitate me; all were done.
As a teenager, I was uneducated, hopeless, and immature. As a grown man my maturation shows by totally changing my thought process and actions: I've obtained my GED, remained disciplinary free the last 8 years, completed anger replacement therapy, substance abuse therapy, parenting, and carpentry classes. I'm also a youth assistance facilitator and a SUNY Ulster college student through Hudson link and DOCCS.
With everything said, I’ma go for now. Stay safe, and I hope to hear from ya.