Prisonworld – Although there are lots of people out there with all of these letters behind their names that feel that they have all the answers to resolving mass incarceration and what it takes for inmates to become successful citizens, not much has happened. Change is slow. and some of the very things that needs to be offered, like education, housing and jobs, is not accessible for ex-felons. Just wanted to preface this article because while people sit and spew statistics and rhetoric, there are some simple solutions that are often times overlooked. We stay on the grass roots level, doing the ground work. Maybe one day it will roll up hill.
#Prisonworld View – Characteristics of Successful Ex-Felons: A Microanalysis
The stigma associated with being an ex-felon in America is unlike anything a person can comprehend unless they walk in the shoes of ex-felons. People get ill everyday but they somehow recover and are able to seek opportunity and they are made whole. Ex-felons on the other hand suffer for a lifetime for decisions that they made in the spur of the moment. Some people understand the dynamics associated with persons who struggle daily to regain their respect and dignity in their communities because they were previously convicted of a felony. Then there are those who believe that once a person has been convicted of a felony they should be treated as felons and denied opportunities for the rest of their lives. We have programs in every state that offers assistance to ex-felons being released from prison, yet, every time ex-felons complete applications for employment, they are constantly reminded that some things never change.
“America is a nation of second chances,” Duncan said. “Giving people who have made mistakes in their lives a chance to get back on track and become contributing members of society is fundamental to who we are. It can also be a cost-saver for taxpayers.”
California Cop Goes Marijuana Rogue
A California police officer already being investigated by the District Attorney’s office was discovered with four pounds of marijuana in his home, but he won’t be charged with possession. His future on the force, however, is uncertain.
President Obama has Regrets about Guantanamo Bay
via ABCFOX Montana
Obama says he should have closed Guantanamo on his first day
President Barack Obama says if he could start his presidency over, he would have closed the Guantanamo Bay prison his first day.
Instead, the president ordered the detention center for terrorism suspects closed within a year. He says the politics around closure grew increasingly tough and “people got scared by the rhetoric.”
Getting Fat in Jail is a Rehab #Fail
Toxic Chemicals Contribute to Weight Gain
During the past 20 years there has been a significant increase in weight gain and obesity in the United States. In most developed countries, current estimates suggest that women, in particular, are gaining weight on an average of 450g per year despite the plethora of low fat, no fat products and multitude diets and weight loss gadgets. Could it be that our modern day, chemical-laden lives are making us fat? Via (NaturalNews.com)
Taxing the Inmates Taxes the Families – Since the subject of taxes is on the forefront of Americans, I thought I’d pass along a poem by Charley Ressee . After you read this, you might ask yourself, what doe s this have to do with inmates? Inmates are being charged to be incarcerated. That is taxing.
50 Shades of Inmates – Incarceration Does Not Discriminate – When Do We Break The Cycle?
“That’s just my baby daddy.” “ He didn’t mean it. I shouldn’t have been running my mouth.” “ I don’t need school. I just need to get high”. “ Nobody ever got addicted to marijuana.” “I can finish school later.” “He ain’t done nothing for his baby.” Round and round we go. Where we stop nobody knows. The sad part about all of that is we should. We should know where to stop it and how to stop it. It is a tragedy when the constant theme in society has been the same for over the last 30 years. Enough is enough! We need to BREAK THE CYCLE. Here and now. Today. Let’s make a conscious effort to say NO MORE!
One of the most controversial topics in the US for the last five years is the contemplation of regulation for the legalization of marijuana. Cannabis, the medical and technical term for the farmed herb, has numerous medicinal purposes. Various forms of the leaves from the female plant have healing chemical compounds beneficial to those who have chronic pain.
The Prisonworld Radio Hour, airing on the Prisonworld Radio Network, has interviewed guests on both sides of the argument. It is a topic of passionate conversation for those who are proponents of the legalization as well as those who oppose it. One thing that rings true with those on either side is that the realization of regulation may never come to pass in this century.
Joseph Rodriguez, a federal inmate, is serving a LIFE sentence based on the word of and setup by his cousin…so he says. He has written a book and has been featured on America’s Most Wanted and the FBI Files. Joseph has reached out to Prisonworld to help publicize his story. You can write him here is you would like to help:
Torture in our Prisons and Jails
he news media was focused this week about the CIA, interrogations, and torture. Many Americans are shocked at the actions of the CIA, but you do not have to look at the CIA for examples of torture by Americans. Every month, inmates in the United States suffer from intentional and gross negligent actions of prison guards.