Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Some Income Now!!!!

One of the biggest challenges facing ex-offenders once they get out is earning an income. This can be a daunting task, what with all those nosey questions and what seems to be a universal theme, that pesky backround check.

It's always wise to be upfront with any prospective employer about your backround.

  • Number one, it puts you in the driver's seat. You've been upfront and honest and they can't take away from you.

  • Number two, they're going to find out anyway, so it's best that they hear it from you.

  • Then there is always the possibility of self employment. What skills did you learn in prison that could translate to a need in the civilian world?

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    The Strange Astronaut Love Triangle

    OK, so at this point I think that we have all heard about this strange affair and the even stranger behavior of Ms. Nowak, the accused in the case. However, I would like to point out from a criminal justice system point of view, how the Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Prosecutor's office tried to screw Ms. Nowak, simply because they didn't like the bond hearing from the morning.

    Watching the second bond hearing was a good microcosim in our Criminal Justice system.

    On the one hand, you had the Orlando Police Department and the Orange County DA's office reeling from the light conditions of release for Ms. Nowak from the morning bond hearing.

    On the other hand you had Ms. Nowak and her attorney getting her ready for her release so that she could go home to Houston, under the conditions of her release.

    In the mean time the Orlando Police Depatment after conspiring with the DA's office was getting ready to execute payback. What they were going to do was to wait until she was released and then re-arrest her on the aggravated complaint of attempted murder. I guess that someone figured out that would have been a PR nightmare, re-arresting her in front of all those news cameras, so instead, they served her with the new affidavit while she sat in jail, thinking that she was just minutes from breathing free air.

    I thought that her attorney made a very compelling argument about the shenanigans that the prosecuting team was trying to pull, while the prosecutor, who was off camera, sounded lost and had a hard time making a case for "no bond" on the attempted murder charge.

    To tie these thoughts all together this is what I think:

    1. Sometimes if the police/prosector doesn't like a ruling (as Nowak's attorney's pointed out) they have a a variety of ways to rectify what they think is a bad decision. In this case, they seemed to have their hand caught in the fairy tale jar and looked foolish. According to Nowak's attorney and the judge, few facts had changed in the arresting affidavit accusing her of attempted murder than the affidavit the judge had looked at in the morning.

    2. Money buys justice. If Ms. Nowak had been Josie Blow and could not have afforded an attorney and had to settle for a court appointed attorney, you can be sure that Ms. Blow's ass would be sitting in the Orange County Jail instead of in Houston.

    Friday, January 26, 2007

    How True

    Greensthings posted to my first post her opinions about our penal system and I couldn't agree more. In fact, in my humble opinion it goes beyond just the penal system but the whole criminal justice system. Once you are in the system it is hard as hell to get out. No wonder the recidivism rate for all crimes is an astounding 50%.

    In the criminal justice system, it's all about the money. First of all if you have it, you get a different brand of justice. A quick review of the OJ murder trial speaks volumes of the kind of justice you can get if you have the wherewithal to hire the best legal minds. If you don't, you're screwed. Secondly, if you are lucky enough, even with a public defender to strike a deal that allows you to serve probation instead of jail time, it's still all about the money. They make sure that you pay your court costs, the cost of investigation, cost of supervision and if you have to pay any restitution, then throw that in for good measure.

    Once you have a felony record, try to get a job. They want all this money from you, but you can't get a job because you have a record. It's catch22 like a mf'er. Even something as simple as getting life insurance. You can't get it, because the life insurers are afraid that you will violate your probation and end up in prison, where your numerical worth in life is significantly lower than outside the wire fence. Might as well call probation, invisible chains.

    Saturday, December 30, 2006

    What to do?

    What is the first thing that an ex-felon should do once he or she is released from prison? Many times doors are closed, options are limited. What is the best way for an ex-felon to re-integrate back into the fold of society?

    Some states offer help, others don't. The objective for all should be to lower the rate of recidivism for ex-offenders. To give them a hand up, not a hand out.

    I am just starting this blog to try and find some answers as the population of our prisons is at an all time high and we need to find ways to help offenders getting out of prisons and ways to help support the families of those who are behind bars.