Brian Buehrle/ Personal Journal Entry: ATTENTION POTENTIAL PROBATION/PAROLE OFFICERS

by Brian Buehrle

August 29, 2012

Dear Sir or Madam:

My name is Brian Buehrle.  I am currently incarcerated in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, but I hope to transfer to a half-way house in the St. Louis area around the end of March 2013.  My stay there should last approximately six months.  During this six month transitional period, I have seven main goals I wish to accomplish:

1)   Meet with you as soon as possible to open a line of communication and establish what will be expected of me during my supervision (including coming to an understanding as to the meanings of some of my conditions);

2)   Finding and enrolling in a sex offender treatment program which will meet the requirements of both the state and federal conditions;

3)   Enrolling in classes for the summer semester at St. Louis Community College and starting at Ranken Technical College in the fall semester;

4)   Find a part-time job which allows me to go to school and can comply with my conditions of supervision (i.e.., internet, location, no access to minors, etc.);

5)   Finding suitable residence in the St. Louis or St. Charles area;

6)   Establish a meaningful connection with my daughter and become a real part of her life; and

7)   Challenge the conditions–imposed by the Parole Board and the District Court–on my release which are, in my view, counterproductive to my rehabilitation and continued release.

I encourage you to view the rest of my profile as some of my blogs and answers to questions from the Straight-A Guide program expand on the details of my goals and even lists others, such as starting my own internet-based business.

As I understand it, a probation or parole officer’s primary duties while supervising offenders is not to scrutinize an offender’s life looking for any chance to violate or revoke the supervision (as may who have returned to prison while I’ve been incarcerated have complained about to any who would listen), but to encourage and assist offenders in becoming rehabilitated, productive members of society.  I wish to retain my freedom upon release and would appreciate any assistance you can provide as, depending on certain conditions, I may be homeless upon leaving the half-way house.

As I state in my profile, all I ask for is a second chance in order to prove I can do what I feel I am truly capable of doing.  I do not want to be judged on my past bad decisions, but on my accomplishments and how I reacted to the adversity of almost seven years in prison.  One other long-term goal I have is to use my second chance to earn my way off of supervision through good conduct and giving back to society within 3-5 years of my release.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.  I look forward to establishing a positive relationship with you as soon as possible.  If you have any questions for me, or concerns regarding anything I have written, please feel free to contact me at the address listed in answer #4 of my profile.

Sincerely,

Brian Buehrle

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