THERE IS NO PAIN THAT GOD CAN’T HEAL!
Warehousing in the Department of Corrections (DOC) is a serious problem particularly in the state of Missouri. It is my believe that the general public must come to grips with the reality that it doesn’t do society any good incarcerating individuals for many years without providing the essential instruction or life-skills needed for that person to successfully re-enter society after release.
The fact that there is very little programming inside of the Missouri Dept. of Corrections aimed at re-entry is something the MODOC administrators go to great lengths to hide from the public. When I was in prison I learned the one thing the MODOC does not like is bad publicity. [Read more…]
When I was the age of 20 similar men my age were really starting their adult lives. They were going to college, starting careers and families. I was faced with the all too possibility reality of spending the remainder of my life in a prison cell. And even worse, it was a crime I did not commit.
Without a shred of physical evidence and mountains of inconsistent statements and out-right lies. I was convicted of murder in the first degree. My sentence…life in prison without the possibility parole!
My life has not been the same since. After all the years it is still hard for me to believe they said “guilty”… I mean, how can something like this happen me was all I could think? Sentenced to life for something you didn’t do…is a hard pill to swallow. [Read more…]
A properly conducted case evaluation could mean the world to an innocent prisoner. This is not an assumption. I’m speaking from experience! The sort of case evaluation I am talking about a thorough review of the overall facts and evidence in a particular criminal case. Sadly, many criminal defense attorneys do not vet these cases because the system is set up largely for the accused individual to “snatch out” as it is referred to in the system.
Not many cases go to trial in our judicial system. This is so particularly for Public Defender clients and criminal defendants who are too wealthy to be appointed a public defender and too poor to pay their attorneys to even agree – in many cases – to trying your case.
And these are the “ethical” attorneys I am referring to that inform you in the beginning that you are basically retaining them to settle your case out of court. But in the case of the wrongly convicted, many of these individuals fit in the category above. They were either represented by a “underfunded” Public Defender System or to broke to go to trial. [Read more…]
- Don’t back-talk the administrative staff or guards.
- If you do be prepared to deal with the consequences. Talking back is shunned. The staff and guards in jails and prisons expect total compliance with their authority at all times. For this infraction you may be issued a CDV (Conduct Violation Report) and lose your privileges, or worse, be remanded to Administrative Segregation (aka “the hole”) for an indefinite period of time. Back-talk may be any emotional (e.g., body language) or quizzical reaction (i.e., questioning the rational of the officers)
- Do always be on alert when you are incarcerated… watch your back at ALL TIMES!
- Never let your guard down under any circumstances. Don’t allow yourself to become “comfortable” – you’re in jail/prison! Don’t ever forget that! Incarceration is like being trapped inside of a barrel of crabs. Remember: everyone in jail isn’t innocent. There are some bad people inside. Broken and desperate men and women who have allowed themselves to become spiritually and oftentimes mentally defeated. Jails and prisons are a lot less dangerous than they were 30-40 years ago or so, however, like they say, “Don’t let the smooth taste fool you. “