Throughout my prison time in ADOC, I was told that I wouldn't make it in society and that i'd be back. I was even told by fellow prisoners that a couple of guards gave me less than a week before I returned to prison. This was a common thing in prison for the guards (and many prisoners) to predict how long people getting out would be out before violating parole and returning. Not all staff felt this way but many did. Very discouraging to hear when you're inside preparing to be released and trying to prepare yourself for reintegrating into society.
Sadly I saw far too many guys coming back while I was inside. Most for basic parole violations, like failure to secure a residence or job, and dirty UAs. Some committed new crimes, getting longer sentences. I can only wonder if these guys could have made it had they gotten positive influences and encouragement while inside.
I was given less than a week before I violated parole. It has now been nearly eight months since I was transported to my parole office as a Maximum Custody Prisoner(Incorrectly classified and corrected by my PO the day I was released). I own my own home (outright) in the middle of the wilderness, own my own suv(outright), own my own 2010 atv(outright), have three dogs, am married to a beautiful irish woman, have a son on the way(Christmas baby), pay taxes, pay costs of supervision, report in to my PO monthly, have passed all of my UAs, have traveled around the state checking out the sites, have awesome friends, am writing a book and working on my art(in my own home studio) and love my life and future. There's been a lot of hard times. I work through them with my wife and friends.
I've been asked what i'd like to say to those who doubted and discouraged me now. I'd like to say that I hope that my success can open your eyes to the possibility that not everybody in prison is doomed and that you shouldn't rely on statistics of recidivism to judge what's going to happen with a release. I have defied statistics multiple times since my release in January.
To those being released or just released...disregard what people may have said about your future of reincarceration, relapse, etc. Set your mind to succeed and don't let anybody decide your future.
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