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DoorDash Driver Reward Program Update

Happy Monday!You've earned 73 points from Fri, 6/7 to Sun, 6/9. Points breakdown:+ 41 points for 41 deliveries completed+ 24 points…

DoorDash Preferred Dasher?

I got an email today saying that I’m a preferred dasher for Papa John’s. So this means I get $2…

DoorDash Reward System: First Week

After the first week of Doordash’s new reward program, I have to say I’m pleased. I have made 118 points…

Doordash Dashers Beta Reward Program

Doordash is rolling out a new beta reward program for its drivers, also called dashers. I'm looking forward to this…

How To Self-Surrender to a Federal Prison Camp

Are you wondering how to self-surrender to a federal prison camp? I understand difficult it is to turn yourself in…

Describing Herlong Prison Camp

Are you on your way to federal prison camp? This video will help. I explain detail what you will find when…

Best Credit Builder Loans

It is so difficult to come home and have to worry about rebuild your life and build for the future.…

How Your Mind Can Affect Your Body

How Your Mind Can Affect Your BodyHow 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…

How to Raise Money for Self-Employment After Your Release

How to Raise Money for Self-Employment After Your ReleaseHow to Raise Money for Self-Employment After Your Release

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…

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

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

Dealing With The Struggle Of Returning From Prison

Dealing With The Struggle Of Returning From PrisonDealing 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…

Working a Dead-End Job and Taking Care of Yourself

Working a Dead-End Job and Taking Care of YourselfWorking a Dead-End Job and Taking Care of Yourself

Anyone knows that working a dead-end job is physically and emotionally taxing. I know because I've been doing it for…

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

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

How Mental Health Disorders Affect Success and Productiveness Within Men

How Mental Health Disorders Affect Success and Productiveness Within MenHow 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.…

How Does Mental Health Affect Masculinity?

How Does Mental Health Affect Masculinity?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…

What Are The Warning Signs of Mental Illness?

What Are The Warning Signs of Mental Illness?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…

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…

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…

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

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

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…

Recidivism Efforts Are UnSuccessful

Recidivism Efforts Are UnSuccessfulRecidivism Efforts Are UnSuccessful

By Pyerse Dandridge Author: Subprime Felon: Inside Federal Prison Camp The study and analysis of the risk of recidivism for…

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…

Could College For Convicts Reduce Recidivism?

Could College For Convicts Reduce Recidivism?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…

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.…

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…

Why Black Men Don’t Use Mental Health Care

Why Black Men Don’t Use Mental Health CareWhy 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…

Snitches, An excerpt from Subprime Felon

Snitches, An excerpt from Subprime FelonSnitches, 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”.…

Saying Good-bye to my Stepdad

Saying Good-bye to my StepdadSaying Good-bye to my Stepdad

Good-byes aren’t hard when you know you’ll see that person soon. When you are unsure of the time frame or…

What Is a Halfway House?

What Is a Halfway House?What Is a Halfway House?

Most people know what prisons are and the details of how they may be operated, but most don't know what…

I Don’t Like Gay Jokes

I Don’t Like Gay JokesI Don’t Like Gay Jokes

  He laughed and said, "Don't be down there too long. I might like it." I gave him a dirty look.…

How To Make Millions With Your Ideas

How To Make Millions With Your IdeasHow 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.…

Unmotivated To Write

Unmotivated To WriteUnmotivated To Write

As I get older I realize that my lack of productivity or lack of motivation isn’t always because I'm lazy.…

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

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

The End Of Solitary Confinement in California?

The End Of Solitary Confinement in California?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…

Cleaning my room helped improve my writing

Cleaning my room helped improve my writingCleaning my room helped improve my writing

As a writer, I am always looking for two things; a way to improve my writing and a way to…

Being Negative at Work Will Drain My Energy

Being Negative at Work Will Drain My EnergyBeing Negative at Work Will Drain My Energy

As I get older, I realize the importance of working at jobs I like and enjoy. I've learned that being…

The Natural Ergonomic 4000 by Microsoft Review

The Natural Ergonomic 4000 by Microsoft ReviewThe 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…

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

The Minimum Wage In Sacramento Needs To Be $15 an hourThe 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…

Two Monitor Productivity Myth

Two Monitor Productivity MythTwo 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…

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

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

You Don’t Act Black

You Don’t Act BlackYou 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…

Why You Should Follow Your Passions and Be A Writer

Why You Should Follow Your Passions and Be A WriterWhy 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…

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…

How I broke out of my current writing slump.

How I broke out of my current writing slump.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…

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

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

Inmates Try To Make Quick Money To Overcome Financial Challenges

Inmates Try To Make Quick Money To Overcome Financial ChallengesInmates 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.…

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

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

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

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

Does Being Single Really Suck?

Does Being Single Really Suck?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…

Fasting in Prison Camp

Fasting in Prison CampFasting in Prison Camp

They say fasting has benefits for the mind, spirit, and body. Many people have to fast for medical procedures and…

Why I HATE writing a first draft on my computer

Why I HATE writing a first draft on my computerWhy 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…

The Aaliyah Movie: Just Some Cold Garbage

The Aaliyah Movie: Just Some Cold GarbageThe 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…

Self Discipline in 10 days

Self Discipline in 10 daysSelf Discipline in 10 days

While in prison camp, I struggled with procrastination and low motivation until an inmate handed me a book called  Self…

My New Year

My New YearMy New Year

It’s the start of a new year, at least it is for me. I’m glad another year has passed by,…

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

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

Ceiling. From my Herlong Prison Camp Journal

Ceiling. From my Herlong Prison Camp JournalCeiling. 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…

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

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

UNICOR Was Down At Herlong Camp

UNICOR Was Down At Herlong CampUNICOR 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…

The Pay Scale at Federal Prison Camp–Herlong

The Pay Scale at Federal Prison Camp–HerlongThe 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…

Watching Movies While Camping

Watching Movies While CampingWatching Movies While Camping

I saw this picture on Pinterest today and I thought to myself, "What movies would I want to watch on…

Top Five Lies Women Tell Me That Drive Me Crazy

Top Five Lies Women Tell Me That Drive Me CrazyTop 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…

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…

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

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

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 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…

OVERCOME CREATIVE WRITING BLOCKS

OVERCOME CREATIVE WRITING BLOCKSOVERCOME 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…

My Dentist Experience At Herlong Prison Camp

My Dentist Experience At Herlong Prison CampMy 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,…

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,…

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…

How To Qualify For Federal Camp Or Camp Status

How To Qualify For Federal Camp Or Camp StatusHow 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…

Heterosexual Males Having Sex In Federal Prison Camp

Heterosexual Males Having Sex In Federal Prison CampHeterosexual 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…

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,…

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…

How I Used Herlong Prison Camp For Self-Development

How I Used Herlong Prison Camp For Self-DevelopmentHow 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…

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…

What Are The Showers Like At Herlong Prison Camp?

What Are The Showers Like At Herlong Prison Camp?What Are The Showers Like At Herlong Prison Camp?

One of the most famous saying for anyone going to prison is, ‘Don’t drop the soap’. Most people think that…

Beware Of Snitches At Herlong Prison Camp

Beware Of Snitches At Herlong Prison CampBeware 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…

Am I Uncomfortable With The Conversation or Intimidated by The Woman

Am I Uncomfortable With The Conversation or Intimidated by The WomanAm 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…

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…

Being Positive During Difficult Times

Being Positive During Difficult TimesBeing Positive During Difficult Times

I swear one of the most difficult things to do is get over hard times. Everyone has them and although…

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…

Memorizing your poetry

Have you ever seen a smooth poetry cafe where various poets get on stage, recite their poems with a cool…

What Is Too Much Sex?

I remember when I came home from prison camp, that's all I wanted to do--have sex! Lots of it. And…

How I Minimized Procrastination

You know you should be doing more important things, but here you are, playing a game, watching YouTube or TV…

Too Old For Children?

Women are known for watching their biological time clocks like a hawk, however men also think about their age in…

Magic Shave

Magic ShaveMagic Shave

One of the biggest hygiene issues Black men have is shaving. I'm no different. I've used razors, clippers and even…

Never Get Drunk At Company Parties

Never Get Drunk At Company PartiesNever 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…

4 Advantages Of Working For A Temp Agency

4 Advantages Of Working For A Temp Agency4 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…

Dishwashers Begging For Validation

Dishwashers Begging For ValidationDishwashers Begging For Validation

It’s a great thing to love your job and have a desire to do well, improve and move up in…

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,…

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…

Preferring N-word Over African American?

Preferring N-word Over African American?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…

My Bio

My BioMy Bio

Pyerse Dandrige Jr. was born to Sonya Robinson and Pierce Dandridge Sr. on October 29, 1978 in Sacramento, California. He…

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…

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…

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

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

Sports To Ban Nigga/er?

Sports To Ban Nigga/er?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…

Pointless Childhood Romances

Pointless Childhood RomancesPointless Childhood Romances

I cracked up when I saw this picture. It reminded me of how silly and funny childhood romances were. They…

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

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

How To Have A Sports Argument

How To Have A Sports ArgumentHow 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…

N-Word and Why I Don’t Use It.

This word is probably one of the most controversial words in the history of the world. It’s racist when one…

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…

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…

Solutions To Ending Facebook Game Addictions

Solutions To Ending Facebook Game AddictionsSolutions 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 Can’t Play Candy Crush

I Can’t Play Candy CrushI 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…

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

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

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

My Opinion On A Writer’s Money From His Book DealMy 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…

How To Make Friends In Prison

How To Make Friends In PrisonHow 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…

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…

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."…

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…

Hide and Go Seek

Playing games with your siblings and cousins can seem like a fun experience when you’re a kid. The excitement level…

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

First Day At The Power House Prison Job–Federal Prison Camp JournalFirst 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…

How to Critique Creative Writing

How to Critique Creative WritingHow to Critique Creative Writing

Imagine writing a piece that you think is just pure gold. Maybe it took you a long time to write…

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…

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…

From Pierce To Pyerse

From Pierce To PyerseFrom Pierce To Pyerse

There are many African Americans that have non-existent or poor relationships with their parents. Most of the time, the bad…

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…

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…

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…

Men Need More Than Just Sex

Men Need More Than Just SexMen 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

First Draft Is Shit.

First Draft Is Shit.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…

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…

Cheap Dates are the BEST!

Cheap Dates are the BEST!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…

Reading Improves Writing

Stephen King: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot…

Homesickness in Prison Camp

Anytime you go away on a long trip, you may feel homesick. This is true for prison inmates as well.…

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.…

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…

Unit Rules at Federal Prison Camp, Herlong

Unit Rules at Federal Prison Camp, HerlongUnit 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…

Procedural Changes

Procedural ChangesProcedural Changes

Lock downs within the prison system are a serious issue for both inmates and staff. They are the result of…

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…

Community Based Program Agreement

Community Based Program AgreementCommunity Based Program Agreement

It’s a great feeling to be released from prison, even if you are going into a halfway house program. The…

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…

Recreation Procedures at Herlong Federal Prison Camp

Recreation Procedures at Herlong Federal Prison CampRecreation 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,…

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…

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…

The Release of Remaining Prison Funds

The Release of Remaining Prison FundsThe 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…

Photo Procedures at Herlong Prison Camp

Photo Procedures at Herlong Prison CampPhoto 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&O (Admissions & Orientation ) Checklist

When starting a new job many employers give their employees a manual to read over and familiarize themselves with all…

Herlong Prison Camp Institution Supplement Booklet

Herlong Prison Camp Institution Supplement BookletHerlong 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…

“Cop-out” AKA Inmate Request to Staff

“Cop-out” AKA Inmate Request to Staff“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…

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.…

Federal Prison Camp Detail Workers

There's a saying: "The early bird gets the worm." Well, not in this case. I've always been taught that to…

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…

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,…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

National Food Service Menu Inmate Preference Survey

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