Darren Broadus/ Class 1: Values

by Darren Broadus

16. Who are you?

I am a determind man , career based, loyal and GOD fearing.

17. Describe your background with regard to your education, vocation or career, troubles with the law.

I have a GED, I’m a Welder, and my charge is conspiracy to drugs.

18. What are you going through now?

I guess I’m going through all the difficulties of being incarcerated, away from family etc.

Describe your vision of the best person you can become during the following time frames:

19. Time remaining to serve.

1st and foremost a better man

20. One month after release.

Seeking employment

21. One year after release.

setting attainable goals

22. Five years after release.

achieving most of the goals that I’ve set for myself

23. How do those in society perceive people in prison?

most people think that people that are in prison are bad people, but unfortunately we’re just people who made some mistakes

24. Describe how television programs and movies depict prisoners:

As people who don’t have education, who are drug addicts, and low lives

25. Compare and contrast your prison adjustment with the prison stereotype.

I think that most guys adjustments are to be better people

26. In what ways is your adjustment similar?

I think that my approach is different, I mean despite my mistakes I’ve accomplished alot in life and I just have to fine tune where I went wrong. Changing the way I think and handle situations.

27. In what ways is your adjustment different?

Describe what opportunities for personal growth and development exist in the different prison security levels:

28. High security.

29. Medium security.

30. Low security.

31. Minimum security.

32. Prior to release, what do prisoners generally say about their prospects for returning?

33. In what ways, if any, do those who never return to prison serve their sentences differently from those who do return to prison?

34. What steps can a prisoner take to improve chances of success upon release?

Sentence length is not a factor that is controlled from within prison, but adjustment inside prison may influence success upon release. For a better understanding of prison expectations, describe your thoughts on:

35. What length of time would you consider long-term imprisonment?

36. What expectations do those in society have for long-term prisoners?

37. What expectations do you suppose long-term prisoners have for themselves?

38. What do prison administrators and staff members expect of long-term prisoners?

39. How would you define a “model inmate”?

40. How does Michael’s prison journey support or refute prison stereotypes?

41. What role did the prison infrastructure play in influencing Michael’s journey through prison?

42. What vision governed Michael’s decisions as a prisoner?

The Straight-A Guide includes seven attributes that he describes explicitly in the books Triumph!  And Success! What do the following attributes mean to you?

43. Attitude: What level of commitment do you make to preparing for success upon release?

44. Aspiration: Where do you see yourself at various checkpoints in the future?

45. What distinguishes an aspiration from a fantasy?

46. Action: What steps are you taking toward aspiration?

47. Accountability: How are you measuring progress?

48. Awareness: How knowledgeable are you about the atmospherics around you?

49. In what ways do you reach beyond the boundaries that currently confine you?

50. What do you know about the challenges that will confront you upon release?

51. Achievement: When do you celebrate success?

52. Appreciation: What role do others have in your success?

53. Where did those choices lead?

54. What did you value then?

55. How would you guide your children if they were making choices in the same way?

56. What would you do differently if you could?

57. Describe the differences in your life today from the first days of your confinement.

58.  How have your activities from last week led to your activities for this week?

59. Identify the values by which you live.

60. To what extent do your daily activities harmonize with the values by which you live?

61. How do your professed values relate to your perceived role in society?

62. Where does your allegiance lie?

63. Are values situational or absolute?



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