Days since my release from 26 years in prison: 8
Time I woke: 3:45 am
Journal of activities:
Today I had to register as a narcotics offender with the Petaluma Police Department. It’s part of the consequences that follow my conviction for trafficking in cocaine back in the mid 1980s. I didn’t mind. I met with Detective Lance Novelo at the local police station. He expressed interest in my story, so I told him about my journey. I also offered to contribute to any programs the community may have to steer young people away from the bad decisions I made as a young man. He took my fingerprints to keep on file, which the law requires. These types of intrusions don’t bother me in the least. I spent the rest of the day writing content for this new website that I intend to launch soon, and I also had to complete some administrative work in preparation for the course I’ll soon begin teaching at San Francisco State University. It’s called The Architecture of Imprisonment. In the evening, Carole and I drove to San Francisco International Airport so we could board a flight to Los Angeles. We arrived in Los Angeles and checked into a hotel near the airport around midnight.
- Time: 5:00 am
- Lenght of time: 1 hour
- Miles run today: 6
- Weather: Beautiful sunny day in Petaluma and I ran around Shollenberger park.
- Consecutive days: 9
- Cumulative miles since day off: 107
- Pushups today: 0
- Cumulative pushups for month: 0
- Annual marathon tally: 6
I’m asking God for strength and endurance today, asking for the discipline to keep my thoughts on track as I work to build my new business. I am grateful for the blessings I receive each day and I ask for guidance to make the best use of my resources.
Detective Lance Novelo of the Petaluma Police Department
Links to publications:
Earlier, I wrote an blog entry titled Drug Offender Registration Requirement that described my initial understanding of what would be required with regard to my filing the registration with the local police department. It’s all part of my effort to help others understand America’s prison system and steps individuals can take to build new lives as law-abiding citizens.