Prison Consultant Shows Success After Prison
Sunday, June 21 through Saturday, June 27, 2015
Sunday, June 21 (Escaped Prisoner and Mass Incarceration)
There are a lot of headlines about the two prisoners who escaped from a maximum security prison in upstate New York. Apparently, staff members in the prison provided material assistance to the men. Both were convicted murderers who serving life sentences. Yet they succeeded in breaking out. I look at these types of problems as an inevitable consequence of our nation’s commitment to mass incarceration. We should reserve prisons for the people who truly threaten society–the predators who hurt people. If we reserved prisons for people who are dangerous, staff members wouldn’t have to spread resources thin by watching over the large percentage of people in our prison system who shouldn’t be living in confinement. By locking so many people in cages, administrators don’t have sufficient resources to oversee those who threaten society. At least that is my perspective.
Monday, June 22 (Facilitator Guide)
I spent the entire day developing my facilitator guide for the Earning Freedom Mastermind Course. I’m very grateful to a leader from the Michigan Department of Corrections. He guided me, investing several hours to write a sample that I could use in ways to develop my facilitator guide. The new guide will make it much easier for those responsible for teaching the course. With this new guide, facilitators will have much more clear direction. I have considerable amounts of work to do on the project before it will advance, but I’m glad with this progress that I made today.
Tuesday, June 23 (CDCR)
I had a call from a representative of a large state prison system. He expressed interest in using the program I developed. I’ve never sold anything to this state before, so I felt optimistic when he told me that he wanted to use the program. We spoke for longer than one hour. During our conversation, we discussed all the ways that this program could add value. But at the end of the hour, he told me that he lacked the authority to issue a purchase order. I don’t understand this kind of business. It would seem that someone in state government who wanted to use a product or service would know how to gather the resources necessary to make the purchase. Apparently, I’ll never understand the complexities of dealing with a large bureaucracy.
Wednesday, June 24 (Anniversary)
Twelve years ago today, Carole and I married in the Fort Dix visiting room. We’ve come a long way since then. At the time, I still had longer than 10 years of prison awaiting me. She had moved from Oregon to New Jersey so that we could be closer together. I feel truly blessed that Carole and I have been able to grow so much stronger together. We’re now growing stronger together in much better circumstances. She has concluded her academic studies, and soon she will sit for the national board exams that will lead to the next phase of her nursing career. I continue striving to build my career, moving in several different directions. We’re grateful for the many blessings that have come our way and looking forward to our future decades together–under much better circumstances.
Thursday, June 25 (Missed Goal)
I’m falling further and further behind with regard to the running goals that I set at the beginning of this year. This will be the first time that I will fail with regard to the running goal. Each year I set a goal to define the numbers of miles that I will run. The daily logs help to keep me on track. I continue to weight myself each morning. The fact that I’m not gaining weight leaves me with less urgency to running, but the stable weight is likely a result of the gluten-free diet Carole suggested I begin at the beginning of the year. In January of this year, I decided to spend more time with Carole. that decision resulted in my leaving my house less frequently at the 4:00 am hour for running. With my work responsibilities, and the year being nearly halfway over, I can see that there isn’t any way I’m going to make my running goal. The good news, however, is that I’m making my other goal of spending more time with Carole each morning.
Friday, June 26 (Conference call with Judge Charles Pyle)
Today I had a participated on a conference call with Judge Charles Pyle, from the District Court in Arizona. I’ve never met Judge Pyle, but we’ve been exchanging correspondence for several months. He has an interest in reentry programs to help people transition from prison to society. Later this year I’ll speak at a conference for stakeholders in the Ninth Circuit. Judge Pyle recommended me as a participant and speaker at the conference that will include judges and practitioners from prison systems in the different states of the Ninth Circuit, including California, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Arizona, and others. The conference today discussed case management, or steps that prison officials can take to ease litigation that clogs up the courts.
Saturday, June 27 (Belize Podcast)
I’m about to move into a different direction with the podcast. Although I’ll continue to publish regular podcasts on the Earning Freedom network, I’m about to launch a new podcast. I haven’t decided what we’ll call the podcast. It will be something along the lines of international real estate investing. I may launch two of those podcasts–one under my name and one under my employer’s name. I’m still drafting this out. The podcast will become part of a strategy to bring more sales into the business that employs me. It’s an extraordinarily successful business, but we’re always looking to grow and I’m doing my part to help.
Miles for week: 4.22
Miles for month: 31.49
Miles run for year: 408.63
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