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18 Sep 2013

Making The Most Of Your Time In Prison - Part 1

A little while ago, I read Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich. It’s a very interesting book, and it got me thinking about why some people change in prison, and why others don’t? I don’t believe the western prison system has much power to reform people. I believe the number of return visitors reflects my sentiment. I did some research now, and in first world countries, the reoffender rates are anything between fifty and seventy per cent. In some places, thirty per cent of people released from prison will return within only six-months. If that isn’t testament to the fact that the prison doesn’t work, then I don’t know what is… In addition to this, many leave with more skills than when they came in. It’s like school for criminals with free board and meals, and you and I pay for it. Some go in a petty thief, and get their masters in bank robbery. Nevertheless, incarceration is the system we have for now, and some have managed to turn things around while in the slammer. This is why I want to ask the question, “Why?” Why do some people reform while in prison, while others don’t? I have three examples to share, and let’s see if we can find a common thread.

You would have to search far and wide to find a person on planet Earth who doesn’t know who Nelson Mandela is, or about the basics of his life story. He had a belief, an idea, a vision, a dream that all men should be equal and that the color of your skin shouldn’t matter. For this belief, the South African apartheid government incarcerated Nelson in various South African prisons. Through the good and the bad, he held onto this dream and 27-years later, the government finally released him from jail. Only four-years later, he took over as president of South Africa. Instead of asking for revenge, he touted a message of peace and love towards all humanity.

Making The Most Of Your Time In Prison - Part 2
Making The Most Of Your Time In Prison - Part 3
Making The Most Of Your Time In Prison - Part 4
Making The Most Of Your Time In Prison - Part 5

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2 comments:

  1. I am one of the percentage that Jail worked on. It's about the hearts of people. There is a lot of good that can happen behind those walls. It's not the system itself, but the people for one.

    Only God can change people. Also with that return rate you have to take a few other things into consideration, which is the biggest point of my blog. God forgives people, but the world does not forgive.

    I have misdemeanor charges for things that I did. The 115 days I spent in Jail on bond alone was enough for God to wrestle me and my wife for that matter. We both came to Christ independently from one another and we both were changed because of it.

    With those misdemeanors I have been turned down for probably close to 100 jobs that I was more than qualified for and did well on interviews and such, and I was passed up because of my record alone.

    I urge you to take that into consideration in your heart felt and very good blog thus far. I would also invite you to read my story and what God has done for me to possibly give you a bit more hope for the system... but again, it's not the system. It's God.

    With Grace,
    Joe
    http://joecraig83.blogspot.com

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  2. Hi Joseph
    Thanks for reading my blog.
    I am honored that you took the time to share some of your story, and I'm gald that you are part of the one per cent.
    I'm looking forward to reading your blog.
    I'd love to chat to you some more.
    I will send you a message via your contact section later in the day.
    Thanks for sharing what you did.
    I talk more on practical terms, but I'm not opposed to the ideas that you presented.
    Have a wonderful day.
    I look forward to chatting to you again.
    Ciao

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