Chris Bingley/ Class 2: Goals

by Chris Bingley

64. What values might lead a person to success upon release from prison?:

Discipline, honesty, diligence

65. How does a person ever become his values?:

By sticking to their values, and never faltering from their values under any circumstances.

66. How does a person strengthen his integrity?:

By continuously doing what is right while no one else is watching.

67. What immediate challenges will a prisoner confront the day his prison term expires?:

He will have to report to a parole officer. He will have to find work, housing, and transportation.

68. Housing:


69. Household furnishings:


70. Clothing:


71. Transportation:


72. Incidentals:


73. How much in the way of financial resources should a prisoner expect to need in the way of financial resources to transition to society?:

I would say about $50,000

74. How will prospective landlords, employers, creditors, and others in society respond to an individual who discloses his criminal record(s) and history of imprisonment?:

Probably resentment.

Describe the job market in the sectors for which you would like to find employment::

75. What range of income does the market offer?:

I am not sure yet.

76. What level of education or experience do candidates for such employment typically have?:

I am not sure yet.

77. In what ways will a prison record influence possibilities for employment?:

Employers may not want to hire felons. I must be ready for this reality and continue to prepare.

78. Where is the general employment rate in your community?:

I am not sure.

79. How would you expect the general employment rate to compare with the unemployment rate for people with your background, considering prison record, educational record, and experience?:

I expect there to be a lot of people with my background unemployed.

80. How much time do you anticipate needing between your release date and securing the job you expect to land?:

6 months

81. If halfway house placement requires forfeiture of 25 percent of gross earnings, of your monthly take-home pay, how much do you anticipate you will keep during the time you’re in the halfway house?:


82. What do statistics show that average households in America earn each year?:

I do not know

83. How so you anticipate your income will compare with that average one year after your release from prison?:

I believe I will be above average.

84. What emotions do we introduce when we obsess on issues beyond our ability to influence?:

Anxiety, fear, stress.

85. How can we overcome the despair that accompanies imprisonment?:

Believe in a higher power greater than yourself. Also by consistently preparing for the future you want.

Michael wrote about the numerous ways that his behavior could lead to the extension of his prison term or the aggravation of his prison conditions. No one wants to serve longer prison terms or serve sentences under harsher conditions. :

86. What types of behavior lead to such outcomes?:

Fighting, using drugs, gambling, making and drinking wine. Possessing contraband and violence.

87. How do harsher prison conditions influence an individual’s ability to prepare for success upon release?:

In harsher conditions a person cannot access the small, but important things, a prison can offer. These things include libraries and classrooms. Also one cannot stay in touch with their support system if his visits or phone calls are cancelled.

88. How does behavior that leads to harsher prison conditions influence the lives of those in our support network?:

It prevents them from being in contact with the prisoner. If the contact comes to visit the prisoner only to find that the prisoner is not allowed to visit then it is a waste of the visitors time.

89. Although the prison system offered ways to lengthen a prison term or aggravate the conditions under which a prisoner served his sentence, what objective mechanisms exist within the system for a prisoner to distinguish himself in a positive way?:

By avoiding prisoners who into illegal activities. By doing your own thing while staying in the confines of the prison rules.

90. How then does the system encourage individuals to work toward reconciling with society, prepare for law-abiding lives upon release, or earn freedom?:

The system does not do that as far as I can see. I do not think the system is concerned with these types of issues. I think they generally care about money.

91. Describe the goals you have set?:

To earn my AA degree and later earn my bachelors degree. Also completing this program. And then land a good career.

92. Describe how your goals relate to your professed values?:

These goals will help me to support my family.

93. How clearly can you gauge your level of success toward each goal you set?:

I am always taking steps towards these goals.

94. In what ways does one goal lead to the next?:

Completing goals inspires one to create and complete more goals. They work together.  Also accomplishing goals can convince one that he can accomplish any goal, whereas before this person may not have been aware of this ability.

95. If you achieve all of your goals, how will they influence your prison adjustment?:

I will be discipline, educated, and in full control of my own life.

96. How will the goals you set influence your prospects for success upon release?:

If I work to educate and grow my support system now, I will be more likely to be hired by an employer. If I continue to learn more about myself, and become mentally stronger, I will never come back to prison.


One Response to “Chris Bingley/ Class 2: Goals”

  1. susan cuscuna says:

    Your answers are so thoughtful, and well considered. It is so wonderful to get to see you grow on the page, and inside your sweet head. Can’t wait to watch you soar some more.

    I loved seeing you two weeks ago, and love you, too.

    Keep posting these lessons…they’re great.

    Love,Susie (you’re the only one who calls me that!)

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