Monday, February 18, 2013

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.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

What do these numbers tell us?


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)

Monday, February 4, 2013

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 speak on the behalf of your child/ren or love one.

When, I had to face the people that my son tried to rob and shot at. I was devastated. All I could muster out of my mouth was I am sorry, to the victims, and quietly walked away. What else could I say, that relieve them of the sound of the shot gun blowing out their back seat window?
While, expecting the chance of being robbed at gun point, or even dying at that very moment was a great possibility, on that day, at that moment.

It was not until when all was said and done in court. And the question was asked did anyone want to speak. I took that chance. For after all the harm that was done, to all involved. I spoke. Whether they heard what I had to say. I spoke of the good that I had given my son. Yet, he had some how went, a stray. For I am a firm believer, that in order for a person to be rehabilitate. They need to know that there still is goodness in them.

Now after looking back at this situation, that could have gotten worst. I was blessed. He was removed from the street and placed in prison. Hopefully, he would see and reflect that I was trying my best to give him skills and a decent life. However, now he was going to have to use the skills and life lessons or developed some to use on his own. For now life was not going to be a bed of roses in prison. Plus this was a choice he had made for himself, and his family.

So, this just might be a time to say very little. Give your support for there are many things coming your way that you will be forced to deal with. Fear, worry and anxiety will be at your door. Do not let them stay. Prepare yourself, name calling only belittles a situation, it does not solve it.
Now for sure the facts that you are dealing, deal with your emotions and the tensions. Be prepared.

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