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Prison Points of View: The 1st 30 Days

The first 30 days in prison will go by excruciatingly slowly and distressingly fast.  So much happens when you first arrive, time seems to stop. Having at least an idea of the kind of experience you may have will go a long way in helping you deal with it all. This article has the intended ...

Prison Points of View: 9 Things to Know About Prison

Before the judge pounds the gavel and sends you off to live in a cage, there are a few things you ought to know. Depending on your cage, it could save your life. Take heed because this information will make your life easier no matter where your cage is. From Leavenworth, Kansas to San Quentin, ...

The Trial

We’ve talked about different parts of the process from arrest to pretrial hearings.  Today we will take it one step further and talk about the trial.  So you did not plead out. Well, now you’re going to trial. Unless you have done this a lot,  you’re going to be more stressed than a long-tailed cat in ...

Prison Points of View: Mental Illness in the Joint

One of the greatest challenges a prisoner will face is mental illness. It is such a powerful force in one’s life, that left unchecked, mental illness can be devastating. Because of the spectrum of illnesses and the unique way they manifest in individuals, it’s difficult to explain, with any gravity, the scope of the problems. ...

Racism Abound in the NH Court

If you are a black man in prison in the State of New Hampshire apparently punishment is much more important than rehabilitation. At least according to Judge Diane Nicolosi. When Tony went for his sentence reduction (RSA 651:20) he was told “deterrence and punishment are important goals of sentencing”  and “the weight of each ...

The “Justice” System

On paper, our justice system is a pretty damn good one: Defendants are presumed to be innocent, not guilty. There must be a fair and speedy trial. In order to be found guilty by a unanimous verdict must be reached by 12 unbiased jurors. These jurors are made up of our peers, our fellows. Evidence must ...

Prison Points Of View: Upon Release

Getting out of prison is tough. That may seem counterintuitive, but it’s true. It can be overwhelming. After years of being told when to eat, to sleep, to shower, you literally begin forgetting how to direct your own life. Being released places you back in the driver’s seat of a moving vehicle. Life never stops ...

Prison Points of View: The Most Prisoners in the World

How is it that the land of the free has become home to the most prisoners in the world? When did the inalienable, God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness become alienated? As I’ve already stated before, the problem is control issues. Everyone knows someone with unhealthy control issues.  The issue becomes ...

Prison Points of View: The Complex

The Prison Industrial Complex When Governor Schwarzenegger was going to sign legislation that would have released thousands of California prisoners, he was opposed by the correctional officers union. They were not going to allow dozens of prisons to be closed or permit hundreds of correctional officers to be laid off. I mean, what union ...

Prison Points of View: The Prisons

The Prisons are Overflowing Why are so many people in prison in the USA? How is it that the land of the free has become home to the most prisoners in the world? When did the inalienable god-given rights to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness get alienated?  30 years ago my mother said that we ...

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