What is incarceration?
What is incarceration? To be incarcerated, to be locked up in a prison/jail facility for any amount of time. When the law has been broken. One is incarcerated as a punishment. Sometimes for years inside chain-linked fences. A prison unit usually houses 400 inmates. one is assigned to a cell that is called home for the next 2,3,4, or 30 years. 2 prisoners per cell. That is where one will live the duration of their time. There is a small period you have no contact with the outside world.
All that one has in prison is time
All one has in there is time. If your lucky one can get a job there. There is a store once a month. There is a set amount you can spend each month. But, guess what? This is a privileged one who will need to have a privilege card to be able to shop. There are classes for different things like getting a GED, computer technology, anger management, etc… Most of the time there is a waiting list.
Time has passed, it’s almost time to go home.
The time has come and gone is so close to being released, the feelings that set in are indescribable. Happiness is the main feeling sadness creeps in, cellmates have lived in the same cell for years and have gotten to know each other becoming friends, sadly, one is being left behind.
Sorting out the feelings
always being happy to be released but sad because two people have lived in the same cell for years and it causes sadness because the other person has to stay. they have learned enough about one another to know that they are not bad people at all they have a good heart. Bad choices landed them there. Happy but nervous because we don’t know what to expect at home, or something else has changed. Feeling scared, unsure how others are feeling. Trying to sort out the feeling seems like it’s adding other feelings.
Tomorrow is the big day
It’s finally here tomorrow is the big day. It feels like getting released into the unknown, we get home where everything looks almost the same except brother grew up and got married. Sister grew up and has a boyfriend and going to college. Mom is a little older, she is so happy to see you, “your dad will be home in a couple of hours from work”. Your mom says.
The word, the dreaded word
Mom said the word, “work” the hardest thing to do upon being released from prison, find work being an ex Felon and on parole. People are afraid to hire ex-prisoners. The fact is there are more judges in the world than there are in a courthouse and the sad thing is none have been elected or certified to judge anyone.
everyone has a story not every prisoner is bad.
Everyone has a story. I’ve had my judgemental moments, but I have learned not to judge a book by its cover. What is seen on the outside may not be a portrait of what’s going on or has gone on on the inside. I have been to prison, but not because I’m a bad person I made a wrong choice that got me in trouble. This was over 25 years ago. I’m not proud of the fact I am an ex-prisoner.
Being an ex-prisoner gives me the experience
Being an ex-prisoner. I know first hand the struggles of finding a job. That is the main reason I chose this topic for my website. I want to help people that are having trouble finding a job, because of the label that was put on us.
Let me be the opened door when the rest are closed
There have been plenty of times a door has been closed for me, but it’s ok, don’t take it personally. Life for me has been so much better since joining WA, just following the lessons, interacting with the WA community, and having discovered some wonderful people along the way. I feel the need to help others by showing them how they too can change to be a better version of themselves. I want to help you to open the door to a fabulous future.
By doing what I love to do I’m never going to work
I love writing. This is fun for me. I can write whenever or whatever I want to write about. Inside the prison, there are lots of people that draw, write, tattoo among other things. Think about it.m people that draw can logo designing, actually if you have a passion, why not put it to work for you. create a business with what you love doing.