How Your Mind Can Affect Your Body

Whenever the idea of a mind and body connection is discussed in relation to our health, people often think about more alternative types of practices. Often classified as a complementary and alternative medicine, activities like yoga or meditation are the most common ways for individuals to tap into this mind-body element. While many types of practices … Read moreHow Your Mind Can Affect Your Body

How to Raise Money for Self-Employment After Your Release

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The statistics on post-incarceration employment are nothing short of devastating. One study estimates that “almost half of ex-prisoners have no reported earnings in the first several years after leaving prison.” For those who do end up finding work, half of these individuals earn less than $10,090 per year. In addition to the emotional, psychological, and social challenges faced … Read moreHow to Raise Money for Self-Employment After Your Release

How Prison Can Destroy Your Credit Score and What To Do About It

Your credit score is clearly important when it comes to turning your life around after prison. However, how do you deal with your finances while after being in prison?  My friends at Selflender wrote this article to give inmates and formerly incarcerated some ideas and options on how to fix and maintain your credit score. … Read moreHow Prison Can Destroy Your Credit Score and What To Do About It

Dealing With The Struggle Of Returning From Prison

There’s nothing a person can’t handle if they have the confidence, support and persistence. I truly believe that, although when returning from prison after a 17-month sentence, I found it to be extremely difficult. Despite earning my Bachelor’s degree in English in 2008, it was still hard to find a job after federal prison. During … Read moreDealing With The Struggle Of Returning From Prison

Working a Dead-End Job and Taking Care of Yourself

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Anyone knows that working a dead-end job is physically and emotionally taxing. I know because I’ve been doing it for many years now. Since I have to work this type of job, I had to learn how to take better care of myself. Recently, a doctor told me that the disks in my neck and … Read moreWorking a Dead-End Job and Taking Care of Yourself

Why is Men’s Mental Health Ignored By The Formerly Incarcerated?

There are many reasons why men’s mental health is ignored in regards to recidivism. According to many members of society, men’s mental health in association with crime has little bearing on their decisions. It is often considered an act of desperation for an individual to plead insanity in their case. If one is considered to … Read moreWhy is Men’s Mental Health Ignored By The Formerly Incarcerated?

How Mental Health Disorders Affect Success and Productiveness Within Men

By Pyerse Dandridge Author: Subprime Felon: Inside Federal Prison Camp Mental health disorders often result from extended time in incarceration. After release, men are sent back into society with not only criminal convictions, but gaps in employment, negative stigmas, alternate mentalities, and an extreme amount of work necessary to shed the skin society now sees. … Read moreHow Mental Health Disorders Affect Success and Productiveness Within Men

How Does Mental Health Affect Masculinity?

By Pyerse Dandridge Author: Subprime Felon: Inside Federal Prison Camp The identity of men can be seriously influenced by incarceration in correctional facilities. This can often have an effect on their mental health. Prisoners are forced to submit themselves to authority. They often have no control over what they do and must contain their natural … Read moreHow Does Mental Health Affect Masculinity?

What Are The Warning Signs of Mental Illness?

By Pyerse Dandridge Author: Subprime Felon: Inside Federal Prison Camp Did you know that mental health issues are extremely common in the criminal population? Over 10% of inmates have been reported to have some form of mental illness. Studies have shown that even after receiving psychiatric help, some former criminals still present psychiatric symptoms after … Read moreWhat Are The Warning Signs of Mental Illness?

Why Mental Health & Ongoing Support For Men Is So Important

By Pyerse Dandridge Author: Subprime Felon: Inside Federal Prison Camp It is reported that over half of male inmates have at least one mental disorder. This means that mental health issues are present before incarceration takes place. Without treatment or with inadequate treatment, it is highly likely that men with mental health issues will re-offend … Read moreWhy Mental Health & Ongoing Support For Men Is So Important

Could Positive Reinforcement Help End Recidivism?

By Pyerse Dandridge Author: Subprime Felon: Inside Federal Prison Camp Positive reinforcement is an important part of encouraging a constructive work ethic. Millions of people work hard at their everyday jobs, however, when there’s a lack of constructive criticism, many begin to feel like their work is unappreciated. Instead of increasing morale, an increase of … Read moreCould Positive Reinforcement Help End Recidivism?

How Does Intervention Prevent Recidivism And Does It Work To Prevent Inmates From Going Back To Prison

By Pyerse Dandridge Author: Subprime Felon: Inside Federal Prison Camp Intervention should be a staple in the lives of those reentering society after serving a sentence. Predictions on the likelihood of recidivism based on various methods of study can definitely show positive results. However, should intervention only focus on those in immediate need? The effort … Read moreHow Does Intervention Prevent Recidivism And Does It Work To Prevent Inmates From Going Back To Prison

The Financial Troubles That Recidivism Doesn’t Solve: The Problems of the Formerly Incarcerated

By Pyerse Dandridge Author: Subprime Felon: Inside Federal Prison Camp Imagine a man stealing from the grocery store to feed his children. He is caught, serves his time and is later released from prison. In his attempt to follow the correct path, he discovers that no one is willing to give him help or guidance. … Read moreThe Financial Troubles That Recidivism Doesn’t Solve: The Problems of the Formerly Incarcerated

Recidivism Efforts Are UnSuccessful

By Pyerse Dandridge Author: Subprime Felon: Inside Federal Prison Camp The study and analysis of the risk of recidivism for men still requires an ongoing investigation. Clinical trials are a primary option for determining explanations for repeat offenders and while studying the subject statistically, analysts can look at the matter from a socioeconomic standpoint. It … Read moreRecidivism Efforts Are UnSuccessful

The Importance of Making Your Loved-Ones Active in Post-Prison Recovery

As detailed in my book, Subprime Felon: Inside Federal Prison Camp, prison is very difficult for the individual who’s going to prison. Yet, what’s not often talked about is how an inmate’s loved ones suffer because of it. Prison is meant to punish those that break the law, but it actually ends up punishing those … Read moreThe Importance of Making Your Loved-Ones Active in Post-Prison Recovery

Could College For Convicts Reduce Recidivism?

I was reading an article by Professor Charles J. Reid, Jr. discussing rather education could lower recidivism rates. He references Christopher Zoukis’ book, College For Convicts.  I thought Reid had some great points and I wanted to discuss them here in this post. In College For Convicts, Zoukis suggested that maybe if inmates obtain degrees, … Read moreCould College For Convicts Reduce Recidivism?

One-Hour Prison Consulting Service

One-Hour Prison Consulting Service Going through the prosecution process will most likely be the most horrible experience you ever face. They purposely intimidate you into saying things that you shouldn’t. While your lawyer is there to protect you in court, this process doesn’t end after the trial. You will still be pressured into things by … Read moreOne-Hour Prison Consulting Service

The Importance of Having a Routine In Federal Prison Camp

 4 Reasons Routines Help You in Prison Routines can seem mundane and tedious to the person that has to follow its rigid structure. It can almost feel like life’s daily assembly line. However, having a daily schedule maximizes your day and allows you to be much more productive in life, even if you are … Read moreThe Importance of Having a Routine In Federal Prison Camp

Why Black Men Don’t Use Mental Health Care

In a recent article from the Business Insider, they discussed how our mental health care system fails Black men and the fact that Black men under-utilize the services provided. “Instead of receiving professional help for their depressive episodes, black men are often told to “pray it away” by older family members who find solace in … Read moreWhy Black Men Don’t Use Mental Health Care

Snitches, An excerpt from Subprime Felon

There’s a saying in the street and I’m sure you’ve heard somebody say to you. It’s simply, “Snitches get stitches”. It’s a powerful statement that implies that tattle tales or snitches deserve the consequence of getting beat up or jumped by multiple people. The community never favors a snitch and neither does the prison community. … Read moreSnitches, An excerpt from Subprime Felon

Saying Good-bye to my Stepdad

He was taking his son to prison

Good-byes aren’t hard when you know you’ll see that person soon. When you are unsure of the time frame or know it’s going to be a long time, good-byes are extremely hard. The day I had to go to prison was a difficult time for my family. That day, we did things we didn’t normally … Read moreSaying Good-bye to my Stepdad

How To Make Millions With Your Ideas

“Most profitable business ideas are simple: they focus on creating systems that can be multiplied and duplicated without massive costs. A few of the many critical concepts presented in this book are: premium pricing, exclusivity, niche marketing, up-selling, cross-selling, and franchising. You’ll also learn how to become a recognized expert in your field, market products … Read moreHow To Make Millions With Your Ideas

People Going To Prison For Drug-Related Crimes Doesn’t Make The Country Safer.

Americans want to believe that sending people to prison for drug-related crimes are the best option for keeping the streets clean. However, sending people to prison for drug-related crimes doesn’t make the country safer. According to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, there were less than 5,000 people serving federal prison time for drug-related … Read morePeople Going To Prison For Drug-Related Crimes Doesn’t Make The Country Safer.

The End Of Solitary Confinement in California?

This week I read on SF Bay Review that California State and local prison have been forced to limit their use of solitary confinement units, or SHU. This is thanks to a settlement reached in the Ashker vs Brown federal class action suit. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of prisoners held in Pelican Bay … Read moreThe End Of Solitary Confinement in California?

Cleaning my room helped improve my writing

messy room doesnt always help me think

As a writer, I am always looking for two things; a way to improve my writing and a way to produce more blog posts. During my search I’ve learned that many of my writing issues are right in front of me – meaning my work space (my room is dirty as hell!). It’s a horrible … Read moreCleaning my room helped improve my writing

Being Negative at Work Will Drain My Energy

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As I get older, I realize the importance of working at jobs I like and enjoy. I’ve learned that being negative at work will drain my energy. I’ve also noticed that working jobs where I feel overworked and underpaid, or where I just didn’t like the people prevented me from having mental clarity. At times … Read moreBeing Negative at Work Will Drain My Energy

The Natural Ergonomic 4000 by Microsoft Review

For a while, I was having wrist and shoulder problems while typing. It felt as if I was squeezing my shoulders and my chest just to type on a traditional keyboard. The problems were so bad, I had to stop blogging on a regular basis.  However, blogging and writing are my passions. Plus, my dream … Read moreThe Natural Ergonomic 4000 by Microsoft Review

The Minimum Wage In Sacramento Needs To Be $15 an hour

As many people know, I’ve been working minimum wage jobs for most of my life. I’ve also been working with Sacramento ACT, along with other organizations, in the fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. In order to fairly pay workers for their time and effort, the minimum wage should be increased … Read moreThe Minimum Wage In Sacramento Needs To Be $15 an hour

Two Monitor Productivity Myth

It seems I’m always looking for a way to increase my productivity. I’ve tried going to libraries, getting a new keyboard, and using to television trays for my computer.  These ideas have worked out great, but I still didn’t get the productivity I wanted. There is a saying that states having two monitors improves productivity … Read moreTwo Monitor Productivity Myth

‎Economic Dignity and employment and housing opportunities for the formerly incarcerated at the LiveFree Community Forum at South Sacramento Christian Center

On May 19, 2015, I had the honor to speak at the Live Free Public Forum which was put on by Sacramento ACT at the South Sacramento Christian Center. This community forum was created to get state and local officials to commit to helping our communities and to reduce mass incarceration and gang violence. The … Read more‎Economic Dignity and employment and housing opportunities for the formerly incarcerated at the LiveFree Community Forum at South Sacramento Christian Center

You Don’t Act Black

It’s bad enough that African Americans are stereotyped negatively by the media and other ethnicities. We shouldn’t have to deal with negative stereotypes within our community too, however, sadly we do. For some reason, our mannerisms are supposed to define and solidify our racial status. I’m not sure who thought of this, but it’s wrong. … Read moreYou Don’t Act Black

Why You Should Follow Your Passions and Be A Writer

After reading an article about Why you should be a writer, I thought to myself, “If you know why you love doing what you do, you’ll never allow anything negative to come between you and your passions.” I try to remember this when I’m making myself write. I admit it’s hard to get up in … Read moreWhy You Should Follow Your Passions and Be A Writer

After 22 Years, River City Brewing Company Pushed Out For Sacramento Kings Arena

If you’ve never lived in a small town then you probably won’t understand the outrage I’m currently feeling. Small towns are known for their close knit, neighborly communities. They take care of each other and have a genuine kindness about them. Their unique in ways that large cities aren’t because they allow its citizens to … Read moreAfter 22 Years, River City Brewing Company Pushed Out For Sacramento Kings Arena

How I broke out of my current writing slump.

Have you ever committed to doing something you loved, but once you’ve done it for a while you’re uninterested? Although you still have a heart to pursue your passions, you may find yourself in a slump when it comes to enjoying it. As you try to partake in the activity you get bogged down and … Read moreHow I broke out of my current writing slump.

He Pleads Guilty To Taking The Life Of His Cellmate. When He Said Why, Chills Ran Down My Spine

I frequently read, watch and listen to things that pertain to inmates, former felons and jails. I recently watched a video about a man pleading guilty to killing his cellmate. The man’s name is Steven Sandison. He was assigned a new cellmate and it happened to be a guy who molested children. Child molesters immediately … Read moreHe Pleads Guilty To Taking The Life Of His Cellmate. When He Said Why, Chills Ran Down My Spine

Inmates Try To Make Quick Money To Overcome Financial Challenges

The majority of inmates in a prison camp are non-violent offenders that just needed money and sought it out illegally. Many wanted to take care of their families the best they could and others just wanted the wealth and luxury that money brings. Even if they didn’t commit a crime with regards to illegal financial … Read moreInmates Try To Make Quick Money To Overcome Financial Challenges

My Work Ethic Made Someone Quit While I Was At Herlong Prison Camp

You can tell a person’s characteristics by the way they work. It doesn’t matter if they are in prison or outside of prison, their work ethic shouts volumes about them. If someone doesn’t do their job right, you can tell that they are lazy. If someone puts all of their interest and time into learning … Read moreMy Work Ethic Made Someone Quit While I Was At Herlong Prison Camp

Why I Don’t Want To Be A Victim Of The Prison System

  Prison stories are often filled with memories of inmates being victimized by the staff, the overall system or even other inmates. It’s hard to protect yourself from this type of harassment while you are under someone else’s authority. While trying to protect yourself you run the risk of bringing harsher or unnecessary punishment to … Read moreWhy I Don’t Want To Be A Victim Of The Prison System

Does Being Single Really Suck?

I was reading an article from the Standard Media website called “How Being Single Painfully Sucks.” While I agree that being single sucks, I also believe that it’s not as bad as people make it out to be. Like any other situation, it has advantages and disadvantages. When I was single I obtained a better … Read moreDoes Being Single Really Suck?

Fasting in Prison Camp

They say fasting has benefits for the mind, spirit, and body. Many people have to fast for medical procedures and some do it for religious reasons. I did it fit none of those reasons, but I still experienced the benefits of a cleansing fast. My fast was purely accidental. Since I missed the 3:30 pm … Read moreFasting in Prison Camp

Why I HATE writing a first draft on my computer

If you read my post about first drafts, you may understand this post a little more. I’m a bit sentimental about writing my first draft with pen and paper. There’s just something special about it. It feels as if I can think better when I write with pen and paper as opposed to typing on … Read moreWhy I HATE writing a first draft on my computer

The Aaliyah Movie: Just Some Cold Garbage

Aaliyah was a more than a great artist that was on top of the world. It seemed as though the whole world loved her, but unfortunately, she was killed in a plane crash in her prime. It has taken some years for her life to be written and portrayed as a movie. When it finally … Read moreThe Aaliyah Movie: Just Some Cold Garbage

Self Discipline in 10 days

While in prison camp, I struggled with some things until an inmate handed me a book called  Self Discipline in 10 days books by Theodore Bryant. This book is one of the best things I took away from my prison camp experience. This book helped me not to be so emotional or allow things to … Read moreSelf Discipline in 10 days

What I Changes I Would Like To Make At Herlong Prison Camp and The Oakland Halfway House

I’ve been thinking about what would make prison camp more productive for the inmates. I thought carefully about all of my experiences when I was in prison at Herlong Prison Camp and when I stay at the Oakland Halfway House.  If these suggestions are possible, it would better prepare inmates for society and make their … Read moreWhat I Changes I Would Like To Make At Herlong Prison Camp and The Oakland Halfway House

Ceiling. From my Herlong Prison Camp Journal

Prison isn’t a place of positive enlightenment. It’s full of strict rules and regulations, required forms and paperwork, and negative attitudes from staff and inmates. However, I wanted a positive experience. I was determined to make my stay there a beneficial one, even though I knew it wouldn’t be easy. As I entered the prison … Read moreCeiling. From my Herlong Prison Camp Journal

Volunteering at Health Care Enrollment in with the Sacramento Urban League Young Professionals

Serving your community is great way to give back and impact your local area. I’m always looking to help out when I can and volunteering is such a rewarding experience. This past March, I was able to volunteer to help families with insurance policies. The event was hosted by Greater Sacramento Urban League and various … Read moreVolunteering at Health Care Enrollment in with the Sacramento Urban League Young Professionals

UNICOR Was Down At Herlong Camp

Inmates are required to get jobs while in prison. They are paid various and competitive wages just as if they are in the real world. The only difference is that the wages are significantly lower, so when a good job goes out of business, it’s a lot more detrimental to inmates. One business in particular … Read moreUNICOR Was Down At Herlong Camp

The Pay Scale at Federal Prison Camp–Herlong

One of the most important details when looking for a job is the amount of money being offered for the position. As inmates, one of the privileges lost is job hunting by salary. In fact at Herlong Prison Camp, the amount of money given to a working inmate is just about the same given to … Read moreThe Pay Scale at Federal Prison Camp–Herlong

Watching Movies While Camping

I saw this picture on Pinterest today and I thought to myself, “What movies would I want to watch on this type of screen?” It looks like this family is enjoying some homemade movies and videos of when they were on the beach. Clearly there are more pillows than people so the kids must be … Read moreWatching Movies While Camping

Top Five Lies Women Tell Me That Drive Me Crazy

After reading a blog from Standard media about women lying to men, I started thinking about the lies women have told me. When a woman lies to me, I feel as though it’s my fault. Maybe I’m unapproachable or I made fun of her for something. Whatever it is, I must have made her feel … Read moreTop Five Lies Women Tell Me That Drive Me Crazy

Three Habits To Help You Be A Better Entrepreneur

When most people think about being an entrepreneur, they think about owning their own business, long hours and being their own boss. They could also think about being up late hours of the night working on finances and marketing plans/, but most people fail to realize is that being an entrepreneur means you have to … Read moreThree Habits To Help You Be A Better Entrepreneur

What I’m Learning About Omega-3s and Rhodiola Extract

As I try to reestablish my life after prison, I noticed that even though I found a decent job and my writing career is in full swing, my productivity was suffering. I was becoming lazy, tired and felt an overall draining. I tried to research my symptoms and realized that I was hungrier faster than … Read moreWhat I’m Learning About Omega-3s and Rhodiola Extract

Every Setback Sentence Acceptance Speech

As I was browsing the internet, I came across a blog post by Tara Pringle Jefferson. Her site is called “The Young Mommy Life“. In her post she mentioned her younger sister who is in her twenties and just finished college. She has high aspirations to make a positive impact on the community and make … Read moreEvery Setback Sentence Acceptance Speech

The Importance of Following Your Inner Voice

You can hear it and you can also feel it, but how often do you ignore it? It’s the sometimes peacefully quiet, sometimes boldly obnoxious voice on the inside of you. It’s the voice that you second guess or brush off, but it’s the voice that when you follow it, affords you opportunities beyond your … Read moreThe Importance of Following Your Inner Voice

OVERCOME CREATIVE WRITING BLOCKS

It seems as if writer’s think that writer’s block is some inevitable obstacle that lurks behind them until it’s ready to pounce, stopping them from doing everything they wish to do in the writing world. That’s only true if you say it’s true. I have a problem with writer’s block, but I think of it … Read moreOVERCOME CREATIVE WRITING BLOCKS

My Dentist Experience At Herlong Prison Camp

Part of the prison care system allows inmates to receive healthcare. In order to be able to see a doctor, dentist, or any healthcare provider, a form called a cop-out was needed. Once it was filled out and approved, inmates could visit the appropriate office. I needed to have my teeth cleaned so I filled … Read moreMy Dentist Experience At Herlong Prison Camp

Is It Possible To Reach The Ceiling?

If you’re in the corporate world or even just the professional world, you understand ceilings. There are ceilings in talent, position, promotion and much more. Most ceilings are glass and you never see it until you hit it, but what if you create your own ceiling? Did you find that it wasn’t glass and you … Read moreIs It Possible To Reach The Ceiling?

Why Men Don’t Discuss Sex Openly

Today I was reading a post from VerySmartBrothas which discussed why men don’t discuss their sex lives openly. Like the author, I was thinking, “All I ever hear are men talking about their sex lives.” In fact, I think men do it too much. It gets really old hearing men talk about their latest  female … Read moreWhy Men Don’t Discuss Sex Openly

How To Qualify For Federal Camp Or Camp Status

Sentencing Guidelines to Qualify for Federal Camp Status If you’re here, you’re wondering how to qualify for federal prison camp or camp status. Great, I know exactly the information you’re looking for. Qualifying for federal prison camp or camp status is based on two things, your criminal offense and your criminal history. I was able … Read moreHow To Qualify For Federal Camp Or Camp Status

Heterosexual Males Having Sex In Federal Prison Camp

Rumor Has It Sexual desire is normally very strong in males to begin with and everyone knows the urge for sex doesn’t relinquish its grip when you’re in prison. In fact, the desire increases with every hour that it’s unfulfilled. The media has brainwashed society to thinking that every prison is filled with stories of … Read moreHeterosexual Males Having Sex In Federal Prison Camp

You Were ALWAYS A Strong Person Even Before Prison Camp

While I was in camp, I learned that if you became a strong person because of being in prison camp, then you were already a strong person before you got to camp. Prison camp isn’t really about rehabilitation, it’s more about being restricted or like being in detention. When I did wrong at home, my … Read moreYou Were ALWAYS A Strong Person Even Before Prison Camp

Relaxing and How I Hoped To Apply Relaxing When I Got Home From Prison Camp

My goal in prison was to find various methods to help me stay positive. I knew it was going to be difficult, but I kept pushing to find ways to relax as well. As a method of staying busy, I kept a journal. Here is an insert from my personal prison camp journal. I discussed … Read moreRelaxing and How I Hoped To Apply Relaxing When I Got Home From Prison Camp

How I Used Herlong Prison Camp For Self-Development

I found this journal entry in my prison camp journal at home. I wrote it because I was working on some self-development ideas about getting over procrastination and accomplishing my goals. Once I found it, I gave it a quick edit and decided to post it. Self-development was extremely important for me in prison camp … Read moreHow I Used Herlong Prison Camp For Self-Development

How To Get Someone To Enjoy Your Passions, Even If They Hate Your Passions

With a plethora of interests and hobbies available to us, it can be hard for two people to be on the same page when it comes to making dates, having fun and exploring new activities. There are times when it’s difficult to share the remote. Watching TV and/or movies can be a tricky task when … Read moreHow To Get Someone To Enjoy Your Passions, Even If They Hate Your Passions

What Are The Showers Like At Herlong Prison Camp?

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One of the most famous saying for anyone going to prison is, ‘Don’t drop the soap’. Most people think that the showers in jail are large community showers where CO’s and other inmates intimately watch over you. However, I found that to be untrue at Herlong Federal Prison Camp. I admit, I was surprised when … Read moreWhat Are The Showers Like At Herlong Prison Camp?

Beware Of Snitches At Herlong Prison Camp

“Snitches get stitches” is a powerful statement that implies that tattle tales or snitches deserve the consequence of being beat up various people. The outside community never favors a snitch and neither does the prison community. I spent a little time in Herlong Prison Camp and encountered snitches. Here’s a little story about why you … Read moreBeware Of Snitches At Herlong Prison Camp

Am I Uncomfortable With The Conversation or Intimidated by The Woman

As men and women play this game called love, each side has to go back to the drawing board and figure out what went wrong with their last date. They second guess themselves and then they somehow come up with the conclusion that it wasn’t them, it was all the other person’s fault. For example, … Read moreAm I Uncomfortable With The Conversation or Intimidated by The Woman

What Is Love To Me as a Black Man

Many people dream of being in love with someone. They dream of what their life will be like when they’re dating, engaged and then finally married. Society has watched movies of women who were down and out all of a sudden find her prince charming. The world has seen men who were discarded in their … Read moreWhat Is Love To Me as a Black Man

Being Positive During Difficult Times

I swear one of the most difficult things to do is get over hard times. Everyone has them and although they create character, it’s rough to get through. It’s like trying to see the forest apart from the trees. It’s difficult because it seems like you have to focus more on the trees than the … Read moreBeing Positive During Difficult Times

Never Say Racist Jokes If You’re The Only Black Man In The Room

I guess I should be used to being the in the minority. I should probably already know what to say and what not to say. I’ve been in this situation since I was a child. I still remember being in those classrooms surrounded by 25 white kids with only 2 or 3 kids from other … Read moreNever Say Racist Jokes If You’re The Only Black Man In The Room

Memorizing your poetry

Have you ever seen a smooth poetry cafe where various poets get on stage, recite their poems with a cool swag, perfect delivery and awesome performance? Remember how the crowd snaps their fingers in approval? The entire experience is unforgettable and amazingly enjoyable. I decided that I wanted to get on stage so I’ve been … Read moreMemorizing your poetry

How I Minimized Procrastination

You know you should be doing more important things, but here you are, playing a game, watching YouTube or TV or talking in the phone. It’s a huge issue for many people including myself. It’s like me taking forever just to type the word, procrastination. One of my biggest problems is overcoming procrastination.  I like … Read moreHow I Minimized Procrastination

Magic Shave

One of the biggest hygiene issues Black men have is shaving. I’m no different. I’ve used razors, clippers and even grew out my beard. I’ve tried everything, but nothing works. Instead, when things don’t work, I end up with razor bumps, pain and uneasiness. In, fact, no matter what type of razor I use, I … Read moreMagic Shave

Never Get Drunk At Company Parties

4 Reasons to Never Get Drunk at Company Parties Before going to prison, I remember drinking with coworkers after work at a restaurant called California Cafe. To be honest, it was pretty damn cool. It was a great way to unwind and blow off some steam. It also gave us a chance to get to … Read moreNever Get Drunk At Company Parties

4 Advantages Of Working For A Temp Agency

4 Advantages of Working for A Temp Agency As of recently, I left my full time job at Bon Appetit (assigned at William Jessup University) to work for a temp agency called Acrobat Outsourcing. The reason I quit was because I was driving thirty minutes to and from work. I drive an SUV now, so … Read more4 Advantages Of Working For A Temp Agency

Dishwashers Begging For Validation

It’s a great thing to love your job and have a desire to do well, improve and move up in the company. However, not every employee wants to move up. In fact, some just don’t care and would rather do as much as they can and go home. Most dishwashers just want to do their … Read moreDishwashers Begging For Validation

What Does Christmas Mean To Me?

People have varying reasons for celebrating Christmas, but for me, if it wasn’t for the purpose of family coming together, I honestly wouldn’t celebrate it. This day is nothing special to me, except that I get to see family that I haven’t seen in a while. There are some family members that I can’t catch … Read moreWhat Does Christmas Mean To Me?

How I Overcome Boredom In A Relationship

In a previous post, I talked about how people would rather be in a bad relationship than to sit a home and be lonely. I mentioned that bad relationships could lead to arguing and disappointments, but I today I want to talk about how bad relationships can just be boring. Lately I’ve been very bored … Read moreHow I Overcome Boredom In A Relationship

Preferring N-word Over African American?

According to a TMZ poll fifty-five percent of Black Americans prefer to be referred to as N***a and the remaining forty-five percent prefer African American. Why? Well, according to the rap artist, Suga Knight, “We aren’t from Africa.” I’m assuming he is referring to the fact that Blacks called other Blacks the n-word. I’m unsure … Read morePreferring N-word Over African American?

My Bio

Pyerse Dandrige Jr. was born to Sonya Robinson and Pierce Dandridge Sr. on October 29, 1978 in Sacramento, California. He is the eldest of two boys who enjoyed a normal childhood in North Carolina and at the Vandenberg Air Force Base where their father (who has two daughters from other relationships) was stationed. His mother … Read moreMy Bio

Taking Gambles and Chances–And Being Afraid!

You know the only way to get ahead in life is to take chances. Why should you take chances? If you have goals and dreams of achieving your heart’s desires, then it’s the only way to get to where you want to be in life. You have to go out on a limb in order … Read moreTaking Gambles and Chances–And Being Afraid!

Do People Have Bad Relationships To Avoid Being Lonely?

Most people want to be in a happy and loving relationship with all the bells and whistles of their heart’s desire. Those that can’t find a partner to be in love with often unwillingly settle for lonely days and nights. However, there is a new trend of men and women who would rather get hooked … Read moreDo People Have Bad Relationships To Avoid Being Lonely?

People Do Research and Still Can’t Show Me Evidence?

The world is full of disagreeing people. It seems that no one can see eye to eye on almost any subject, we’re all divided. From religion to politics to social norms to sports, nothing is unanimously agreed upon. The only way we can somehow function is to agree to disagree, acknowledge our differences and respect … Read morePeople Do Research and Still Can’t Show Me Evidence?

Sports To Ban Nigga/er?

I read on ESPN.com today that David Stern and Roger Goodell “might make the appropriate choice to define their workplaces as slur-free zones.” To my understanding, if this ban happens it would only take place while the players are playing the game, practicing, or doing other job related events. This ban would not prevent what … Read moreSports To Ban Nigga/er?

Pointless Childhood Romances

I cracked up when I saw this picture. It reminded me of how silly and funny childhood romances were. They consisted of notes being passed from person to person just to get to the right girl or boy. You’d have a knot in your stomach, waiting and anticipating an answer. Sometimes you’d win and sometimes … Read morePointless Childhood Romances

When it’s all said and done, would you have said more than you’ve done?

It’s Time to Go After Your Dreams Today I came across a quote that read: “When it’s all said and done, would you have said more than you’ve done?” I thought to myself, ‘yes!’ However, I had to stop and think about it. I realized that if my time ended right now, I’m not sure … Read moreWhen it’s all said and done, would you have said more than you’ve done?

How To Have A Sports Argument

Sports is probably America’s favorite pastime. We groom our children to play sports, watch college sports and go hard for the minor and major leagues. Most of the time we are screaming and cheering for our team, but then there are those times where our team loses, the refs call bogus penalties, coaches suck and … Read moreHow To Have A Sports Argument

How To Be Productive At Work With A Boss You Don’t Like

There are many people in the working industry that severely dislike their bosses. I am now joining the crowd. From the first time I met my boss, I had a strong disliking for him. It turns out that I just don’t get along with my boss. I’m unsure what it is. Maybe I am misunderstanding … Read moreHow To Be Productive At Work With A Boss You Don’t Like

Are Facebook Games A Money Grab?

Facebook games are truly an addiction that’s easy to fall into. Once a friend starts to play a game and invites you to play then you both become hooked. You begin sending each other lives, game accessories and other important game merchandise just to survive. As part of the challenge, the game wants you to … Read moreAre Facebook Games A Money Grab?

Solutions To Ending Facebook Game Addictions

Okay, let’s admit it, we all from time to time get addicted to these stupid little games on Facebook.  Like I said in an earlier blog, I was addicted to Marvel Avenger Alliance. I was so addicted that I would even spend real money to help me advance in the game. I’ve heard of people … Read moreSolutions To Ending Facebook Game Addictions

I Can’t Play Candy Crush

Everybody needs a way to pass the time and most of us choose to play games. Whether it’s on your PC, Mac, mobile phone, TV or gaming console, I’m sure you have at least one favorite game you love to play. Games are also on social media platforms and a popular game today is found … Read moreI Can’t Play Candy Crush

George Zimmerman Not Guilty & Acquitted. Dad′s A Freemason Judge Does That Matter?

No Way Free Masons Helped Acquit Zimmerman One day as I was browsing the internet I came across a site owned by C.KHiD. His website features hip hop news and other related articles. However, he had an article about George Zimmerman and Free and Accepted Masonry. In this article, he accused the Free and Accepted … Read moreGeorge Zimmerman Not Guilty & Acquitted. Dad′s A Freemason Judge Does That Matter?

My Opinion On A Writer’s Money From His Book Deal

Picture a sad and pitiful man who’s poorly groomed, has no social skills, and is living off his girlfriend who’s about to break with him. Not to mention his parents are extremely disappointed in his chosen lifestyle. Out of frustration, he begs the cosmos for a book deal to help him get on his feet … Read moreMy Opinion On A Writer’s Money From His Book Deal

How To Make Friends In Prison

Everyone needs a friend sometimes, even when you’re behind bars. It can be lonely in prison whether you’re in a camp or a higher security area. Day to day struggles require someone’s help to overcome negative emotions. If you’re new to prison or haven’t many friends while locked up, here’s how to make friends. Be … Read moreHow To Make Friends In Prison

Don’t Riot Over The Zimmerman Trial Verdict

I’ve never really understood riots and looting, but after the Zimmerman verdict – I’m still just as confused as I was before! Riots cause damage to businesses, communities, and people. Have you ever looked up the amount of people that have to be taken to the hospital after a riot? I understand the trial was … Read moreDon’t Riot Over The Zimmerman Trial Verdict

Writers: STOP Marketing Your Blog!

“The art of blogging involves thinking up great topics and blog titles, performing research where required, then authoring great work.” –Nicholas Whitmore.   I’m a writer, like most of you reading this blog.  Also like most you, I want tons of traffic — millions of visitors, if possible. Here’s the problem; the more I market, … Read moreWriters: STOP Marketing Your Blog!

My Random Thoughts: Poor Audience Interaction.

When your audience isn’t responding to your work, don’t assume it’s your audience that’s the problem. Today I learned that if your craft sucks, then you can’t be mad at your audience. If you start things late, offer poor quality items, or are unprofessional, then you have plenty of reasons why your audience doesn’t come … Read moreMy Random Thoughts: Poor Audience Interaction.

First Day At The Power House Prison Job–Federal Prison Camp Journal

Realizing My Potential and Passion Finding your passion is sometimes hard to do. Most people don’t wake up knowing exactly they want and how they can fulfill their lives. Often people have to go through life’s ups and downs before they realize what they want to do. Others have to experience something they completely dislike … Read moreFirst Day At The Power House Prison Job–Federal Prison Camp Journal

How to Critique Creative Writing

Imagine writing a piece that you think is just pure gold. Maybe it took you a long time to write it or maybe it was a piece that just flowed from your mind to your hand to the paper/computer. It’s the best you’ve ever written and you’re super proud. Off to the editing department, whether … Read moreHow to Critique Creative Writing

A&O Meeting at Federal Prison Camp–Herlong

Every job you attend and are hired for should give you some type of orientation. As soon as you start working, you should be trained and oriented for the job. Even if you are joining a new organization, then you should be given a class or meeting where someone gives you an overview about what … Read moreA&O Meeting at Federal Prison Camp–Herlong

How To Free Write And Why It’s Important For Writers

Free writing is the simplest form of writing.  It’s also the most private form if you do it in journal format. What I like to tell people is that free writing is something no one would ever see. To me, free writing is like a man’s wife in the morning, the only person who’s going … Read moreHow To Free Write And Why It’s Important For Writers

Sometimes It’s The Man’s Fault When Relationships End

Real Reasons Men Leave Women In a few women magazines and self help books, I’ve read that women should dress a certain way, talk a certain way, or cook and clean to keep their men happy. I think there’s some truth to that, however, like the Black and Married with Kids website mentioned, “This line … Read moreSometimes It’s The Man’s Fault When Relationships End

Laundry At Herlong Prison Camp

Laundry can seem like a chore if you’re not in the comfort of your own home. It can be a hassle to lug your clothing around the corner, even if you live at an apartment complex where a laundry room is provided. Of course, in prison you don’t have a choice but to take your … Read moreLaundry At Herlong Prison Camp

My First Team Meeting–Federal Prison Camp Herlong Journal

Prison is supposed to be a place of rehabilitation. If that’s the case, then it should be a place of empowerment. It should focus on helping inmates make plans, set achievable and realistic goals, and find a job after prison. However, my first meeting with the camp adviser didn’t do any of that. Like all … Read moreMy First Team Meeting–Federal Prison Camp Herlong Journal

Men Need More Than Just Sex

I was reading an article on a site called Black and Married with Kids which discussed the failures of romance and gave advice for men.  There were four points, but the one I especially agree with was, “Even though we don’t readily admit it, men have emotional needs that no amount of sex can fill.” … Read moreMen Need More Than Just Sex

My Doctor Visits at Federal Prison Camp–Herlong, Journal 07

Have you ever heard that prisons are supposedly the best place for anyone that needs medical care? I don’t know who told me that inmates get the best health care, but I can honestly tell you, that’s not entirely correct. I hated doctor visits because the medical sucked at Herlong Prison Camp. My first appointment … Read moreMy Doctor Visits at Federal Prison Camp–Herlong, Journal 07

Leisure Library–Federal Prison Camp Herlong Journal Entry

If you’re on your way to prison and want to know how to stay out of of trouble or away from drama, then the library is the best place to be. It’s filled with informative books, televisions, cds and dvds, and more. It’s where I wrote my daily journal entries which turned into this blog … Read moreLeisure Library–Federal Prison Camp Herlong Journal Entry

What Would My Future Self Tell Me?

We always say to ourselves, that if we’d known what we knew now back in our youth, things would have been different. What if there was a way to do just that? What if your future self could somehow contact you and let you know about some dangers ahead in life or about your victories … Read moreWhat Would My Future Self Tell Me?

How Important Is Count Time?

Sometimes, I think some of the correctional officers (COs) are lightweight sadists because they use their power to please or thrill themselves. It’s a perfect example of someone abusing their authoritative power. Society thinks prisons are the best place to reform an individual, but when people mismanage their authority, it just makes an inmate more … Read moreHow Important Is Count Time?

First Draft Is Shit.

“The first draft of everything is shit.” – Ernest Hemingway If you’re a writer, then I’m sure you’ve felt like your first draft had to be perfect. You wanted to cut down on the time it took to get a great piece, but along the way, you find yourself having to stop to fix this … Read moreFirst Draft Is Shit.

How To Get Readjusted After Returning From Prison Camp

9 Tips for Reestablishing Your Life So you just got home from prison, congratulations! I’m sure seeing your family was a fantastic blessing. Breathing that fresh, clean, FREE air is so refreshing. Now you need to get adjusted to society and get your life back in order. You’ve heard all the stories and lies, so … Read moreHow To Get Readjusted After Returning From Prison Camp

Cheap Dates are the BEST!

Okay, so I’m always stressing about where to take a woman on our first date. It’s almost as if I’m worried about if this place or that place is the most important because it’s a maker/breaker of our date.  I admit it does feel as if I have to make sure the place is perfect, … Read moreCheap Dates are the BEST!

Reading Improves Writing

Stephen King: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. If you don’t read, you can’t be a writer. You have to read just about everything.” Is reading important for writers? The short obvious answer: YES! The importance of reading took … Read moreReading Improves Writing

Yoga Tips for Writers

If you’re like me, you sit all day in front of your computer writing, typing, and researching for more ideas. Or you’re just saying that and you’re on Facebook for hours before complaining about how time just flew. In any case, sitting in your chair for hours and hours causes a lot of tension in … Read moreYoga Tips for Writers

The False Hopes About SSI Payments To Inmates

I understand and respect it when people say prison camp was comfortable and not a real prison. The longer I stayed there, the more I understood the statement. However, some things made it more difficult to stay there. One of those things were false hopes and in this case, it was the false hope of … Read moreThe False Hopes About SSI Payments To Inmates

Unit Rules at Federal Prison Camp, Herlong

Prison is full of rules and regulations, something everyone already knows. However, you would think that strict adherence to these policies would be maintained. From time to time, a memo must be sent out to all the inmates regarding those rules that have not been followed. Of course, there is disciplinary action for those inmates … Read moreUnit Rules at Federal Prison Camp, Herlong

Procedural Changes

Lock downs within the prison system are a serious issue for both inmates and staff. They are the result of what the administration deems a loss of control on their part. In this instance, a group of inmates decided to gather together during recreation. This caused a scare for the system and they locked down … Read moreProcedural Changes

Leather Craft Changes at Federal Prison Camp, Herlong

Prison systems love to keep inmates busy. They provide the inmates with a variety of activities, movies, books and crafting hobbies. They also have available jobs that inmates can apply to. A busy inmate keeps the administrative staff from overworking and having to keep up with all the inmates at once. Trust me, no one … Read moreLeather Craft Changes at Federal Prison Camp, Herlong

Community Based Program Agreement

It’s a great feeling to be released from prison, even if you are going into a halfway house program. The rules are different, but there is more freedom for inmates. In fact, there’s so much freedom, that there’s an agreement that each transitioning inmate must sign before being released. The agreement outlines restrictions and gives … Read moreCommunity Based Program Agreement

Recreation Procedures Post Lock Down 10 pm Count

From time to time, the executive staff of the prison will send out memos regarding current incidences. Many things can happen in prison and most of the time it’s negative. When negative events put staff and inmates in danger, lockdowns can occur. The following memo was sent out after a recent lockdown. It is supposed … Read moreRecreation Procedures Post Lock Down 10 pm Count

Recreation Procedures at Herlong Federal Prison Camp

Prison inmates are kept to strict standards when it comes to dress codes and recreation. However, from time to time, inmates can get off track from the guidelines and will have to be reminded of the rules. Some of the following rules are common sense. For example, if the prison staff is tasked with keeping … Read moreRecreation Procedures at Herlong Federal Prison Camp

Dress Code/Personal Property/Work Details at Herlong Prison Camp

Inmate Dress Code Policy Dress codes are important for many places. They help keep a cohesive appearance and allow for overseeing persons to quickly identify who belongs and who doesn’t. Dress codes are also guidelines to clean, tidy and appropriate display of clothing. Not everyone wants to see a extra skin or underwear. However, within … Read moreDress Code/Personal Property/Work Details at Herlong Prison Camp

Destroying or Altering Prison Property

Destroying property is never a good idea. At Herlong Prison Camp, just altering the appearance of certain items will get an inmate into trouble. They will face disciplinary action if they have clothing that are cut and sewn. They may face disciplinary action for damaging laundry bags, sheets or broomsticks. The prison also requires a … Read moreDestroying or Altering Prison Property

The Release of Remaining Prison Funds

When most inmates leave prison, their number need is finances. If friends and family have been putting money into an inmates account, when the inmate is released from prison, the amount within their account is released to them. However, some will have more money in their account than the prison can give in cash. This … Read moreThe Release of Remaining Prison Funds

Photo Procedures at Herlong Prison Camp

Structure is needed to facilitate order and prisons are full of structure. In this memo from the supervisor of recreation, a detailed system for taking and receiving prison photos is given. The document states that prisoners must wear certain clothing, refrain from obscene gestures, and use a voucher to “buy” their photos. Photo vouchers can … Read morePhoto Procedures at Herlong Prison Camp

Herlong Prison Camp Institution Supplement Booklet

When starting a new job many employers give their employees a manual to read over and familiarize themselves with all rules and regulations. At Herlong Prison it’s no different when it comes to assigning their inmates to an orientation program. The difference between the programs is that an employer may only require one to two … Read moreHerlong Prison Camp Institution Supplement Booklet

“Cop-out” AKA Inmate Request to Staff

Filing A Request In Prison Filing an Inmate Request to Staff form while in prison can seem like a daunting task. The form itself isn’t scary, but the thoughts of retaliation, punishment and denial can cause fear, depending on what is being requested. However, there are times it must be done regardless of the request. … Read more“Cop-out” AKA Inmate Request to Staff

Visitor Information Form and Additional Visiting Information

Inmate Rules For Visitations SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 In a previous post I talked about the rewards of having family visit. I also discussed how important it was for visiting family to read over the rules and regulations before visiting so as not to waste time. If your loved ones don’t familiarize themselves with the rules … Read moreVisitor Information Form and Additional Visiting Information

The Expectations of Herlong Prison and Herlong Prison Camp

My thought process when entering prison camp was to make sure that this experience was a positive one. Although I was locked up in a place filled with rumors of gangs, sexual assaults, and a major loss of freedom, I did my best to stay on a positive path. As you read this memo, you … Read moreThe Expectations of Herlong Prison and Herlong Prison Camp

Institution Progress Update at Herlong Prison Camp

In order to keep the prison “safe” for all inmates and staff, when things seem to be out of control, the administration will lock down the prison camp. This means that all inmates are confined to their cells until further notice. Although the lockdown was resolved and inmates were released from their cells, the administration … Read moreInstitution Progress Update at Herlong Prison Camp

Health Services Department Operations at Herlong Prison Camp

Medical offices have a tight ship to run and that’s even truer when their office is located within a prison. There are certain rules that each inmate has to follow in order to see a doctor or dentist. A form called an Inmate Request to Staff Member also known as a cop-out form must be … Read moreHealth Services Department Operations at Herlong Prison Camp

Softball Backstops at Herlong Prison Camp and Stand Up Count Concerns

Herlong Prison has two institutions. The first is an actual prison (Federal Correctional Institution – FCI) and the other is a prison camp which has less security and non-violent offenders. When the administration sends out a memo, it goes to both the prison and the prison camp. This memo talked about the changes on the … Read moreSoftball Backstops at Herlong Prison Camp and Stand Up Count Concerns

Memo to Inmates About Homemade Intoxicants

It’s memos like these that keep prison television shows raw. Inmates making “hooch” or other alcoholic drinks are regularly seen on TV. Shows are also portraying inmates that make various weapons. What the shows don’t show you are the interrupted routines of those that just want to get through their sentences. I had a routine … Read moreMemo to Inmates About Homemade Intoxicants

Transition to Continental Breakfast Due To Increase of Food Cost

Periodically, inmates receive memos from the Warden or other prison and prison camp staff about updates in policy or other warnings. This is an official memo found in the Trulincs system. The memo below tells both the prison camp and the prison that the administration is getting rid of the normal full-sized breakfast. They are … Read moreTransition to Continental Breakfast Due To Increase of Food Cost

My Furlough Application: Approved for Community Service Furlough

Community service allows an inmate to leave the prison or prison camp in order to serve the community in various capacities such as cleaning up public areas. The National Crime Prevention Council believes it is a way to reduce crime and encourage public spaces to be properly used again. In order for an inmate to … Read moreMy Furlough Application: Approved for Community Service Furlough

Herlong Prison Camp Transfer Plan Sheet

All inmates are waiting for the day that they can leave the prison or prison camp. Some of them, like myself, transferred to a halfway house, but the others transferred from prison to their own residences. This could be that they have completed their sentence or that they are on parole. I never had to … Read moreHerlong Prison Camp Transfer Plan Sheet

National Food Service Menu Inmate Preference Survey

Every year, inmates are given a survey about the food the prison serves. It asks each inmate which food they wanted to keep and which foods they wanted to get rid of. There are a ton of conspiracy theories about the quality of the food at prison. There are also questions about who really chooses … Read moreNational Food Service Menu Inmate Preference Survey

Federal Register Vol 71, No 92: Smoking/No Smoking Areas

This document is from the TRULINCS. Inmates can find this and more under “Bulletin” Every month, a new Federal Register will be placed in that section. This volume gives information about where to smoke for both administration and correctional officers. Inmates are NOT allowed to smoke. Smoking would result in major disciplinary action. For more … Read moreFederal Register Vol 71, No 92: Smoking/No Smoking Areas

Federal Prison Camp Inmate Suicide Prevention

Suicide prevention is one of the most important aspects of prison control. Males have a higher rate of suicide, not just in prison, but in general. Prison can make a person even more susceptible to depression and other mental health disorders. It is up to the prison staff to be aware of the signs and … Read moreFederal Prison Camp Inmate Suicide Prevention

Inmate Rights and Responsibilities And Disciplinary Scale

What Are Your Rights and Responsibilities As An Inmate? Most know that there a lot of liberties and privileges taken away while in jail, but which ones? When you’re arrested, the law enforcing personnel is required to “read you your rights”. This tells you what you can do and how to protect yourself from further … Read moreInmate Rights and Responsibilities And Disciplinary Scale

No Collect Calls at Herlong Federal Prison Camp: Prepaid Accounts

Staying in touch with family and/or friends is sometimes essential to an inmates psychological and emotional stability. Being able to communicate with those that love you is a reward of its own. When someone is unable to speak to their loved ones, depression and agitation can set in quickly. Fortunately, the prison has multiple ways … Read moreNo Collect Calls at Herlong Federal Prison Camp: Prepaid Accounts

Inmate Direct and Prepaid Calling Rates

Staying in touch with loved ones can be challenging when you’re away at prison camp or prison. There are no cell phones allowed and if you’re caught with one then you most likely will receive a shot (disciplinary action). The phones that are available cost money and inmates aren’t the ones that pay the bill. … Read moreInmate Direct and Prepaid Calling Rates

Inmate Minute Revalidation Cycle At Herlong Prison Camp

If you pay your cell phone bill each month then I’m sure you’ll understand how the Inmate Minute Revalidation Cycle operates. Every month your cell phone carrier allots you a certain amount of minutes to use each month (unless you have unlimited minutes). When you reach that amount within a month, you cannot make any … Read moreInmate Minute Revalidation Cycle At Herlong Prison Camp

Oakland Halfway House Resident Handbook–Complete

Oakland Halfway House is a transitional living institution for former inmates located in Oakland, California. This post is a brief recount of my stay there and how to survive your stay. Oakland Halfway House is a co-ed residency in which the women are the minority and the men are the majority. The women stayed in … Read moreOakland Halfway House Resident Handbook–Complete

Herlong Prison Camp’s Job Fair

Prisons are supposed to be about reforming individuals to become better citizens in society. That’s supposedly why they offer GED classes, lucrative hobbies, and prison jobs. The prison I attended had an idea to host a voluntary job fair. The only odd thing about it being voluntary was that it wasn’t; it was mandatory for … Read moreHerlong Prison Camp’s Job Fair

Writing Is About Doing It. Not Thinking About Doing It.

“You have to show up. There is no magic pill. You have to show up and do the work.” Per Petterson. If you’re a writer, I’m sure you’ve probably experienced setbacks and frustrations when you finally find the time to write. You have so many ideas to get out and to write down. You get … Read moreWriting Is About Doing It. Not Thinking About Doing It.

How To Survive Federal Prison Camp

17 Ways To Survive Prison Camp Let’s be honest, prison camp or any kind of prison is stressful. You’re already tired from the drawn-out court process of being convicted and now you’ll be separated from all your friends, family and other loved ones. Those same people will also now have to get by without you. … Read moreHow To Survive Federal Prison Camp

Why The Climax Is Important To Your Audience

If you are a writer or aspiring to be one, then you should know that the best part of the book is the climax. This part of the book excites your reader to the point to where they never want to stop reading. This is the part of the book that makes readers hold their … Read moreWhy The Climax Is Important To Your Audience

New Exercise Routine–Building Cardio Without Running

Cardio workouts are known to help people strengthen their heart and lungs. It also helps the muscles to use oxygen more efficiently. Over time, your body gets used to your fitness level and your endurance has increased! With these types of benefits, I have been trying to workout more. For some reason, as soon as … Read moreNew Exercise Routine–Building Cardio Without Running

Federal Prison Camp Herlong Entry 03

The funny thing about being here in prison is that the correctional officers (COs) think they are better than everyone else. I don’t know if it’s their job status or just because they’re COs. I wonder if it’s a superiority complex or an inferiority complex. Either way, it’s like they’re showing off their riches in … Read moreFederal Prison Camp Herlong Entry 03

How To Avoid Writing Like A Victim

There are many ways a writer can harm their own novel. There is one type of character that, if not done properly will annoy readers like me. I’ve seen a lot of books or other literary works with poor characterization consistent with the inability to keep the audience’s attention solely because the author solicited for … Read moreHow To Avoid Writing Like A Victim

Federal Prison Camp’s Weekly Meal Menus at Herlong FPC

According to TV, prison food always looks like slop from a pig trough that’s ladled into a bowl or plate. It’s the lumpiest looking goop you’ve ever seen. It’s something that you can’t imagine that people would ever eat, even if they were starving. However, prison food isn’t like that at all. At least not … Read moreFederal Prison Camp’s Weekly Meal Menus at Herlong FPC

Sending Money to An Inmate

How to Send Money to a Federal Inmate via Western Union or MoneyGram EFFECTIVE MARCH 22, 2004 Being locked away from society doesn’t remove the need for having a few dollars for yourself. If you have a loved one behind bars and need help sending them money, here are ways to send money through Western … Read moreSending Money to An Inmate

Perfect Characterization

Characters are the life force of any story, movie, or book. If you want a compelling story or book, your character has to be equally compelling. It’s through the character’s eyes and thoughts that the reader or movie goer understands the environment and sees themes. The better the character, the better your audience will understand … Read morePerfect Characterization

Writing Advice: Start Your Story In The Middle

“In Medias res’ if the Latin term for the middle of things, and that’s how Homer opened the Iliad and that’s where you should usually start, although rules can always be creatively broken.” —So You Want To Write” by Marge Piercy and Ira Wood Starting your story in the middle is like telling a joke. … Read moreWriting Advice: Start Your Story In The Middle

Federal Prison Camp Herlong Entry 02: The Truth about the Prison Healthcare System

I remember I was in the Sports room watching the Heat during the Eastern Conference finals. All of the inmates had assigned seats. The seats that were closer to the TV belonged to the brothers that were in prison the longest. The seats that were against the wall and directly across from the television were … Read moreFederal Prison Camp Herlong Entry 02: The Truth about the Prison Healthcare System

Assariyah–Money Over Everything: Book Review

I believe fellow writers have to stick together. Today, that’s just what I’m doing. I want to introduce to you, La’Toya. She wrote a novel and I’m pleased to be able to critique it and write the below book review. The author, La’Toya lives and works in London. She studied at the University of the … Read moreAssariyah–Money Over Everything: Book Review

How to Email Inmates in Federal Prison

When you have a loved one in prison, one of the most important things to remember is communication. Despite their actions and the fact that they are locked away, they still need to communicate with their family. It’s an entirely new and oppressing situation that they are facing and your support is needed. Communication with … Read moreHow to Email Inmates in Federal Prison

TRULINCS: How It works for Herlong Prison Camp

According the the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), TRULINCS (also known as Corrlinks) is described as follows: “The Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System (TRULINCS) is a new program currently being deployed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to provide inmates with some limited computer access, to include the capability to send and receive electronic … Read moreTRULINCS: How It works for Herlong Prison Camp

Federal Prison Camp–Herlong, Entry 01

Introduction I don’t consider myself to be a professional on the subject of anything prison related. I feel that I would have to spend much more time in prison than the twelve months (of a seventeen-month sentence) I spent at Herlong Prison Camp. If there was someone that stayed longer than I, then I would … Read moreFederal Prison Camp–Herlong, Entry 01

Can a convicted felon vote in California?

        It is well known that anyone with a felony conviction cannot vote in elections. It’s been an issue for many years. Some think it’s wrong, some think it’s right, and others are indifferent. It’s a big issue in the Black community since most of us make up the majority of inmates. … Read moreCan a convicted felon vote in California?

Five Ideas to Grow Your Facebook Fan Page

Everyone is trying to grow their Facebook fan page, including me. On the Pyerse Dandridge Fans page there are 92 fans, but my desire has always been to increase my following. As I was searching for suggestions I found a website that gives some great ideas. I’m hoping to try them some day. Below are … Read moreFive Ideas to Grow Your Facebook Fan Page