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HapppY New Year

As, we all watch this year comes to an end, and the new one is soon to come. I would like to say Thanks to all that have taken time out to read my blog.
I pray that I have not wasted your time. But have brought ideas and thoughts for change to make life better for all.
It is my hope as I journey on this trip of learning more about the justice system and myself. That I make the changes that need to be made in me to give to myself, family and community the best of all that I have to give. In, both words and deeds. Let my words be truthful and useful as I share my thoughts.
It is my hope and dream that as we all travel on the road of dealing with the criminal Justice system that we take a look not only is justice being served. But the part we play in the system. Are we contributing or a contributor? The effects having a love one come back home? And being ready if the ties were broken?
In the coming New Year, I hope to bring and support changes. Empower the ones whom need an ear. Explore new i…


Speaking with my oldest son the other day was every up lifting and enlightening for me.

It been a while since I have posted anything on the blog. Life got in the way of blogging. Since I do this in my spare time. And that has gotten very spare lately. Job moving me to a new location. Updating myself in the legal justice arena and finding a new love (literally).

But what that phone call from my son, was if a door into my world had open wide and understanding had walked in and took a seat. All the reason why the event that had come into my life made sense. The acting out, going to court, the feeling. All of it made sense. I am where I am suppose to be in life.

These thing happen for a reason not only for me to support others in the walk of shame of being in the position of being a Mother of a felon. But for my son to join me in enlightening others to the plight or fate in  this,life.

My son told me that many give up their right in the criminal justice system because we do not know the l…

Pleading guilty and what do it really mean?

It ‘s a well-kept professional secret that no lawyer knows more than a relatively infinitesimal part of the law, nor does any judge. Taken from “How to Find the Law”. Pleading guilty and what do it really mean? Well I have finally got over my son catching a case and plea bargaining. So now I am blogging about the experience. So just what does it mean to plead guilty, to a crime? And is there such thing as innocent? There are three primary sources of the law, statutes, judicial opinions and administrative regulations and adjudications (cited from “How to Find the Law”) The adversarial system is the two-sided structure under whichcriminal trialcourts operate that pits the prosecution against the defense. Justice is done when the most effective adversary is able to convince the judge or jury that his or her perspective on the case is the correct one. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) In  a guilty  plea or copping a plea. There are many faucets to the pleading, take for example: charg…

When interacting with the Police, in Wisconsin

FPC Informational Memorandum: Confirmation of Warrants Prior to Arrest
Under Wisconsin Statute Section 968.07, a law enforcement officer may arrest a person when the
law enforcement officer believes, on reasonable grounds, that a warrant for the person’s arrest
has been issued in this state. The information that a warrant for a person’s arrest may exist is
usually obtained when an officer “runs a wanted check” either via radio with the district station
console operator or through the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) laptop squad computer. The
district station console operator is usually a civilian office assistant with access to the National
Crime Information Center (NCIC), Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB), and local warrant
databases. Once the possibility of an existing warrant is identified through an initial check of the
databases by the console operator, it is the responsibility of the officer executing the warrant to
determine that the subject is the person for whom the wa…

Beliefs and Superstitions in the Law

Beliefs and Superstitions in the Law
There are many beliefs in the upholding of the law, of the criminal justice system. Such as if you do the crime, you must do the time. Crime does not pay. Yet there also exist the superstitions that locking up people will put an end to crime.  Couple with the belief that people are bad, not the system Now, if this was truly the case then. Why are there so many new laws on the books on how to lock people up? Since we can no longer convict people and burn then at the stake or cut off their head or hands for misdeeds neither.
 Who questions any of this? Or do we struggle with belief or superstitions when complying with the law.Here is a prime example; my sister got a parking ticket awhile back. But this was not just any old parking ticket that was just waiting on her car to be picked off the windshield of her vehicle.  Plus the place was once designated as no parking because it was a bus stop. This ticket was tucked in the windshield, to the point tha…

Good and Mad Reading for the Weekend

Time of crisis

Just what value is need when in a time of crisis? I just had a conversation with one of my daughters. I have five. And for me that makes a good balancing point having these various points of views to deal with.
Now what the conversation was about is my PD’s convictions. (By the way PD means precious darling.) Please do not act like you do not have one at your house. It just might be the one that goes to court/ jail all the time. By the way we all have one, two or more PDs’.  But that will be another story.
Well here what happen? On December 5th, 2012 I get a call, stating, “I am being taken into cusdesty”.  A call, from my oldest son, the “precious darling”. Then he goes on to say” I am here at Potawatomi.” Then the phone goes dead. Now I am experiencing some loss, regret and shame all over again.
I spent three days trying to find out where he is and what the charges are.  The security at the casino would not give any information as to the nature of why or what prompted the incident.…

Did you know?

Beginning January 2014, states have the option to expand Medicaid coverage to adults
under the age of 65, with incomes at or below 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level
(FPL) without having to meet disability requirements.[7] For single adults, that is
approximately $14,856 per year.[8] Many people involved in the criminal justice system
will be included in this new eligibility group increasing their access to needed health
care services.
                      By Council of State Governments Justice Center
                            Published: 05/27/2013

Please check out the US Department of Justice website. It good for anywhere in the USA.

Federal prison facility locator
Search by facility name, state, region, type, and security level. Maps of federal facilities
Select a region of the map to view facilities in that area. Federal inmate locator
Federal inmates incarcerated from 1982 to the present are listed in this searchable database. Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website
This search tool allows a user to submit a single national query to obtain information about a sex offender listed by name. Users can also search for offenders living in their geographical area.

Someone might benefit.

If you or a loved one are a federal prisoner serving a pre-FSA crack cocaine mandatory minimum sentence, and you were sentenced in federal court before August 3, 2010, in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, or Tennessee, call your attorney and ask them if Blewett could help you. 
 taken from SentenceSpeak.

My son goes to court today, And I can not be with him except in prayers.

Attorney General Eric Holder lamented that "too many people go to too many prisons for far too long for no good law enforcement reason" and that federal mandatory minimums "too often bear no relation to the conduct at issue, breed disrespect for the system, and are ultimately counterproductive."

You to can be one. taken from Three Felonies a Day by Harvey A Slivergate.

• Obstruction of Justice HypotheticalYou are the parent of a teenage son. You discover illegal drugs hidden in his bedroom. Instead of contacting the police, you decide to destroy the narcotics and punish his transgressions on your own. Unbeknownst to you, the police had launched an investigation just days before. Because you have destroyed evidence in an ongoing investigation, you have just committed an arguable federal felony: Obstruction of Justice.
Real-life examplePhilip Russell, a lawyer from Greenwich, Connecticut, was indicted in 2007 for obstruction of justice. A church had contacted this well-respected attorney when it found images of child pornography on an employee’s computer. Russell knew that child porn is illegal even to possess (“contraband”) and that holding, rather than destroying it, arguably would be criminal. He decided to destroy the images in the best interest of his client. He didn’t know that the government had launched an investigation of the church employee…

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!

To all the mothers and the soon to be mothers and even the one's whom had to take the place of being a mother.
Please take some time for your self and honor all that you have done to get your family and your self this far in life.

Yes, the road can be a little rough at time but you can still hung in there. You might not have know what you were doing but you can get it done. Or know where to go, but you will get there.

So again Happy Mother's Day. Also please find a way today to make another mothers happy on this day. I know I will.

Peace and Love to all. What We Are Doing


Celebrate National Correctional Officers' Week May 1 - 7, 2013

New changes to Model Rules a wake-up call for technologically challenged lawyers

Here is a document I thought would shed some light on the prison industry.


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When, one may be accused of a crime.

When, one may be accused of a crime. Many times there will be charges, in the form of a ticket. That might carry jail/prison time at the sentencing. You will need to be able to read and know what your loved one is being charged with, or the allegations on that ticket or the charges. Even having someone to read them for you will be very helpful. This will be a very stressful time for you to endure. So enlist the help or support of others. And also do something that also brings a smile to your face such as reading a good book, getting a massage. Whatever, will work for you in getting a clear head, so as to be able to respond to the situation as it unfolds and not be stressed out.

 We are also living in a day and time where many of our children can not read. So if this is the case, in which if the accused (your child or love one) is dealing with or plus the prison system, where many discrepancy can happen. This can means, that your love ones may not know or be aware of the charges, or m…


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National Reentry Resource

Reentry FactsState and federal prisons held approximately 1,598,780 prisoners at the end of 20111 — approximately one of every 107 U.S. adults.2At least 95 percent of state prisoners will be released back to their communities at some point.3During 2011, 688.384 sentenced prisoners were released from state and federal prisons.4Approximately 9 million individuals are released from jail each year.5At the end of 2011, 4,814,200 adults - one in fifty U.S. adults - were on probation, parole, or other post-prison supervision. Approximately 853,900 were on parole.6In a study that looked at recidivism in over 40 states, more than four in 10 offenders returned to state prison within three years of their release.7In 2011, parole violators accounted for 30.8 percent of all prison admissions, 33 percent of state admissions, and 7.9 percent of federal admissions.8During 2011, approximately 12% of parolees were re-incarcerated. Eight percent of parolees were re-incarcerated due to parole violations…

Prison and the Poverty Trap

Did you know?

H.R. 62 The Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2013 This bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Jackson Lee on January 3, 2013.  It was referred to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations for review on January 25, 2013.  It is not a law.
The bill would require the Bureau of Prisons to change its good time credit policy to require that prisoners be released if they (1) have served one half or more of their sentences, (2) are age 45 or older, (3) have never been convicted of a crime of violence, and (4) have not engaged in any violation of Bureau of Prisons disciplinary regulations that involved violent conduct.
FAMM supports increasing the amount of good time credit federal prisoners can earn.
To read the full text of the bill, click here.  To follow the bill’s progress, click here.


What do these numbers tell us?

Corrections According to a study by OJP’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, approximately 7.1 million men and women were under adult correctional supervision in the nation’s prisons or jails or on probation or parole at year end 2010. About 70 percent (4.9 million) of the adults under correctional supervision at yea rend 2010 were supervised in the community (either probation or parole) while 30 percent (2.2 million) were incarcerated in the nation’s prisons or jails. At year end 2010, approximately one in every 33 adult U.S. residents was under community supervision or incarcerated. An estimated 962 inmates per 100,000 adult U.S. residents were incarcerated in state or federal prison or in local jails at year end 2010. (Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Correctional Population in the United States, 2010, December 2011)

What are you going to say?

What are you going to say?
Just what are you going to say that day when you are going to court in support of your child/ren or love one?
As we both know that will not be easy for the victim, or for your self. You will have to make sure that you are security camera ready. Check with your local county court house to see the rules that apply to enter the building. Cause, this can only add to the tensions that will already be high. Especially, if this is a crime, that has involved individuals or property. Then the victim may have their family there and also supporters, media for their support.
So what do you say to the victim, the family and or, supporters? You both have been brought together on this chosen day in time. Being, brought together whether known or unknown by the force of the vary crime. Often, this meeting for the very first time in the courthouse, you will face your darkest night  And if it is a victim less case like drugs, burglary, just to name a few. You will still need to s…

National Institute of Corrections News

National Institute of Corrections News

'" Few argue the importance of education in a youth’s life, but many fail to recognize the importance of a robust, engaging and quality education program in a confinement setting as playing a critical role in reconnecting educationally disenfranchised students to successful educational experiences. " taken from NICN

Since it is a catch and release program why not re-educate, before releasing?

The hurt

The hurt, the pain, and even the humiliation, or shame, just where do you keep it at?  Hided in a jar, with a cap closed tight, tucked deep inside of your heart. Or safely tucked away under your pillow for the night.
Where thoughts of the, So what! It’s time we should get some rest, is now over. But there is  a need that, we sometimes feel that we must punish ourselves for.  Many times we, do try to bury the hurt, the pain, and even the humiliation, or shame.
Only to have it take on a new form as in cancer, high blood pressure, and even colds and other illness.
For mines, I kept the pressure inside and have lived with the silent killer. High Blood Pressure. I felt that I should bury mines deep inside. The hurt, the what now’s. Fore I must suffer, was my motto. I’s my fault this happen.
However, as a mother, lover or care giver, it is important that someone is there for the criminal justice process. Someone needs to be ware of the laws and that if the love one is guilty. Then let justice b… Thinking for a Change Thinking for a Change

This shows how prison are now working at getting those incarnated to approach thinking about thing in a new direction.

Teaching moments

Yesterday a friend and I went to the movies. After the movies we went to the store since it was so close to the show. After spending our time shopping, it time to go back to our perspective places, our homes.

Upon retuning to the car to load it with our buying. We were approached by a woman and her young teen son. Asking for money to buy a gas can and gas. Now my mind flips on. Thoughts of what the .... is this all about? Why would you leave home knowing that the gas light is on?  Should we live life depending that strangers will always be there to back us up?

We are in the parking lot of a big box mega store parking lot. And this woman came to the store to beg for gas money to buy a gas can and gas.

What value are we teaching our child/ren? Teaching them to be beggars. Or, I am I so old school that I do not see this as a new way of helping? Or am I just so paranoid, with the fear of being rob in the parking?

After all I am a mother of a felon.

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