Monthly Archive: February 2015

Feb 23

My Parole Board Did Not Go As Planned

My Parole Board Did Not Go As Planned   Sitting in a waiting room in anticipation to be seen next was nerve racking. The parole board was in session and my turn was coming up. These people would┬ádecide┬áthree things for me. First, if I was eligible for the next custody level from Minimum to Trustee. …

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Feb 16

How Blowing It Big Turned Me Around

Blowing It It was early April, 1991 and I had to submit my parole packet before my board in June. My parents would not be back to the U.S. for me to live with them, so the plan was to stay with my grandmother in Connecticut. That plan changed when we felt like it was …

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Feb 09

How A Visit Made Me Feel Human Again

How A Visit Made Me Feel Human Again It was a normal day of mess hall duties when I received a surprise message. I overheard a transmission on one of the cadre’s radio. The person on the other end said, “Send inmate Mike to South Gate, he has a visitor.” Since my parents would not …

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