Yes, prison is for dummies. Any smart criminals in prison? Hardly. It was my original intent to scribe a brief manual on this topic for the betterment of those going through it for the first time – newbies if you will. Why write such a depressing book? Well, it’s purpose is to give dummies like me a heads up about what inside corrections is all about before they step foot in one
So I wrote to a couple of publishers, even the black and yellow book publishers of “__________ for Dummies” and, you guessed it, nada. Guess it wasn’t such a great idea, or maybe only in my head. After all, I was in the one percent according to New York State Department Of Correctional Services (DOCS) statistics – the small number of college graduates who go to prison. I am sure it is similar in most states. People who are educated get jobs, move up, know people and stay out of trouble – or know how not to get caught, or when they do, they know people.
Me? I didn’t. I was just a regular dummy, an old egotistical, self-centered, reckless individual who could not control himself and thus ended up inside the upside down kingdom. (more on that later) At times it sure felt like that, like I had fallen down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland’s world and I kept thinking someone would yell “cut” or “smile, you’re on candid camera.” Never happened though, and life just went on cause it was real. As they say, “do the crime, gotta do the time.”
Since through my journey I did learn so very much – about prison, the corrections system but more importantly about myself – I wanted to document all I learned about inside corrections in an effort to help others teetering on the edge between right and wrong, good and evil, lawful and unlawful. Maybe it would at least cause them to stop and think about their actions before it continued to the train wreck that awaits such actions, changing forever life as you know it for you and those closest to you. Maybe they then wouldn’t have to lose their lovely spouse, home and business as I did. Maybe it would lead, as it did in my case, from thoughts of suicide to a face to face meeting with their creator so they might question Him as well as their very existence. Then again, maybe my hope in penning these letters was that some good might come out of this abysmal crisis I created with such mindless actions. I did have that meeting with Jesus, made inside corrections and came out with another life changing event. But I digress. If you continue to read, time and you will be the judge on that I guess.
So, most definitely prison is for dummies. I attempt here to balance the scales just a bit so everyone can go forward a little easier into this new world formerly called the penitentiary, where you will find, as I did, a whole culture that is not really underground but alive and well above ground in the “Correctional Institutions” in a state near you.
So I will do it, write that guide, from one dummy who has earned a PhD from inside corrections. Look for it here and let me know your thoughts.