Darrell Tatum/ Class 2: Goals

by Darrell Tatum

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

Keeping a positive image and striving for what is best in life the right way!

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

Staying focused and doing it, not just talking about it.

66. How does a person strengthen his integrity?:

Have faith, believe in what you are doing, and doing the right thing when it can be hard.

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

Work, being around old friends who are still doing the same negative things.

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?:

The way it is now a decent apartment might be around $800 a month, plus utilities. A car is a must. I will need at least a few thousand to start.

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?:

At first they will follow the stereotype, but when I show them the steps I took they will feel different.

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

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

A warehouse may offer minimum wage, but if you have forklift experience you can make more. Computer skills also help.

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

I have two associate degrees, and I am always told I am qualified. Now a days even a high school diploma is acceptable for a good job. Hard honest work matters most.

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

Like I said earlier there will be stereotypes but if I can show my path and how capable I am I think I will be in good shape. I can direct employers to this profile so they I was always working.

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

High, and higher for felons.

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?:

It is higher with a felony. I know it will be rough when I come home. But I must be ready and prove why I am worthy of a chance.

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

I am researching now and when I get in the halfway house I will be on a mission to get a job, and show employers why I am ready. I will not be wasting anytime. I am also working on proposals for various office businesses.

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?:

I’ve been through this before. The balance will go for bills and to help me go to home confinement.

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

About $0,000

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

It may be a struggle, but I will life within my means.

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

Sometimes I get emotional when I get to the point that I cannot take care of the things that need to be done. I usually try to slow myself when this occurs. I pray, work, and keep striving to complete my mission. I overcome.

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

Stay focused, prepare, work on different skill sets, all in a mission to do what others say is impossible.

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?:

If a person in prison has a weak mind they will give into the negative influences. They are the people to stay away from but some do not know that or find out too late. Only hang around people who are positive and want to do good. Otherwise you get transferred, get a longer sentence, all of it.

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

First with more trouble you get treated like an inmate not a man. And you cannot focus if you are in shu or getting transferred.

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

It is hard on our loves ones already, but when we make it worse it is harder on them. I want to prove that I deserve their trust and if I make it harder then I am not being honest. I need them.

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?:

Some prisons have vocational programs that allow us to obtain skills for the real world. You must have a strong outlook and work hard. it can be tough in here. I must stay focused and be around positive people. A lot of it is up to me. No matter what programs exist I must prepare.

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. I do not see it. They encourage failure. Either way I must stand ready and we must be prepared as a man, to honor the kids, or wife, or girlfriend or parents who stuck by us. We owe it to them. There are some good guards who will encourage you but not many. Many are miserable and just work there.

91. Describe the goals you have set?:

I want to finish this program and get my third aa degree. i want to use this program to help me get a job. Justin mentioned we could begin sending it to potential employers which is great. They can see how hard I work in here. I also want to stay in shape, and stay close to those that support me.

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

They relate. What I say I do. I work out, study, stay close. I am in line!

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

Well, these were some of the things I was already doing. While in here I have been researching for a better path, ensuring I reach all of my goals. By writing them out I know if I am on track.

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

You reach it, appreciate it, then move on to the next ,never forgetting where you were or how hard you worked to get there!

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

They will make my adjustment comfortable. All I have to do is keep working hard, staying positive, and have real goals.

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

I must keep my mind focused in here. I must have a successful future. I am motivated, balanced, determined, and ready.


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