Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy 4th of July!!

I want to wish everyone a happy 4th of July! I hope everybody is staying safe and doing their own fireworks at home safely or remembering to practice social distancing and frequent hand washing to stay safe from COVID-19! I speak with so many inmates via phone, mail, & email I hear the same thing, there's so many inmates they know of coming down with COVID-19. I have one lady  I correspond with in Florida that actually has COVID-19, recovered & felt a lot better, only to come down with it again. What she told me was she was in a dorm with about 18 other women many of whom are sick or have symptoms of the virus but won't say anything for fear they're going to be on lockdown even longer. Now I found that scary and tragic. This also tells me that the prison system had no plan to implication a plan In the event that an epidemic or a pandemic would break out. As a R.N., I find this very disturbing. Our nation's prisons are a total failure they are not doing anything but maybe protecting the public somewhat from some of the more violent prisoners. I have a feeling that there's a lot more violent people out here that just don't get caught because they're too slick. That is my own personal thoughts, there's way too many unsolved murders to get me to believe otherwise.
And contrary to popular belief, I do not believe in freeing all prisoners. I would find that kind of a folly of an idea if anyone did. However, I do believe in Rehabilitation of all inmates because it is possible even the worst of the worst could improve with proper rehabilitation. May not be that probable but it is possible. A lot of these people may no longer be violent. And if you think not, just think about yourself 10,15, 20, even 30 years ago. You've hopefully changed over those decades; I know I sure have. Some for the better and some for the worse, however,r I have changed dramatically and I'm sure that most people have at least in some respect. The people in prison are no different, they change. I've heard plenty of inmates tell me they are sorry for what they did and they're not even completely sure why they did it, except at the time they were on drugs or drunk or just stupid. A true story, so please don't listen to all those false things they say about inmates like; they all say they're innocent, or they all lie, or they're all disrespectful ,they're all going to ask you for money. None of that is true.
So, as another 4th of July Independence Day passes, I will say this… I do believe that there's an awful lot of innocent people behind bars that need to be able to live out here among us again and have their independence. And I think there is a lot of people that were guilty of being criminals at one time or having criminal behavior that are no longer a threat and could reside among the brave and the free just fine. If you are thinking about contacting an inmate and you want some help in finding one that will write you back and will be a pleasant experience, don't hesitate to contact me. I thank you so much for reading this and God bless you, have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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