As many of you know there are several of us 924(c) violators here at Talladega Federal Correctional Prison. We have become close friends. I have a lot of respect for these guys. I call them ‘brother’ in a tone meaning there is a deeper connection between us than your normal friend. I know what they’ve been through and I know what they are facing and yet still they hold their heads up as they go about their days here. Passing me on the walk or in the cafeteria or on the yard we each nod to the other. A nod that seals a silent understanding among us that feeds off one another, breeding a confidence that drives us. A confidence we all need to help us continue to fight this lop-sided battle we are facing. We have been wounded by our justice system, by our government and by our protectors, but we are not defeated.
I say wounded…but really I think it’s more like degraded or cheated. An easy conclusion to come to when almost ALL of us have received a prison sentence so severe that it exceeds that of a cold-blooded killer, a rapist or even a savage child molester for crimes where no one was hurt and in most cases was our first time ever being in trouble. My closest friend among these received over two hundred years for his first time ever committing a felony and has been locked up for over nineteen years for a crime where absolutely no-one was hurt and he has long since learned his lesson from…Does this sound fair or better yet, Just?
This from our justice system ladies and gents. A justice system that as children we were all taught and assured was their for the soul purpose of catching the bad guy, exacting justice and to help them recover from their mistakes. Whats happened to those promises? The prison system was created to help those who were lost to rehabilitate and re-enter an asset to society…Now we’re just “housed criminals” put away behind walls for the longest period of time possible, forgotten and used for profits by the very people who’ve sworn their allegiance to the American people..even the ones who make mistakes…
Helping us or fixing the problems? I think not…
A few of us still believed this as we sat before a judge and jury during our trials trusting the system to work, to do it’s job and find justice for us given our mistakes. None of us believe it now. All our cases prove it, our justice system is broken.
I guess it could be said that our government just doesn’t have the time or money to fix these run-away problems that plague our justice system…but we all know that’s not true. They’ve just let it go and ignored it for so long now that not unlike a car engine that goes without maintenance for too long, it now needs a complete new over-haul. Anything short of one is going to leave several Americans sitting in prison forgotten and shunned by the very people who swore to protect us.
These protectors of ours have gotten away with pretending we and these problems don’t exist for far too long. They keep pouring the bare minimum funds into broken failed projects that were started from theories proven false long ago. Problems they’ve been trying to fix since the eighties. Problems that are not only affecting these brilliant minded, strong willed, rehabilitated friends of mine…but YOU also. The “free”. Society as a whole.
We ALL must band together and let congress and the people in place to pass this bill know that we’re here! We know what’s happening and there are lives and families being torn apart right now by unjust, over aggressive laws that need changing NOW! These laws can be changed, this over-haul I speak off can be accomplished. There are bill proposals in existence right now sitting on desks in congress that are waiting for signatures. Bills like the H.R. 1254. These are the beginnings of reuniting of families and also the strict moral values that our country was founded on. Band together with us, help us, MANY already have. We and all our families thank you for your support, as do the millions of AMERICANS who are affected by the hidden agendas of the money hungry selfish people who’ve created these unjust laws.
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