Ioritana “Jay” Aleki/ Class One: Values

by Aleki Ioritana

16. Who are you?

My name is Ioritana Aleki my friends know me by JAY!!! I have been through a lot in  25 years. I never really understood the values of life untill I came to prison, I cant sit  here and say I know what’s important and what’s not because still I have a lot to learn, I know where I came from and where I want to be and who I want to be. I had to grow up fast because I never had a dad around and my mom was really the mother and father to us. I stole cars  smoked weed drank and hung around with friends that dropped out of school, I would go to Waikiki and walk the strip like I owned it. I was lost growing up when I was 12 I was smoking and hanging around trying to be something. Then I found Music, Music has always been important to me anyone that knows me knows my passion for music, I found a way to really express myself through song. I became deeply in love with music at the age of 16 recording with people in my area. In 2003 I found a way to share the love of loving someone through music my thoughts and feelings on a song that many people could relate to and understand. I got better in time and linked up with my good friend to start a label in Hawaii I was the in house producer. The learning process began to producing and mastering that craft. I quickly became involve with people that would change my life.

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

Money has always been a problem for me if I aint got it I need if I got I want more. Never really seen it till I hit rock bottom, In 2007 I agreed to accepting a parcell for some cash and that decision got me a first class ticket to a holding cell, Im never a rat I was raised on trust I was brought up right I know the true meanings of Loyalty, The sad thing about it is when the same dudes that teach you the word and meanings of being LOYAL be UNLOYAL!!! My word is all I got The person I am today is way different then the person I was before. I can be whoever I want to be when I get out of prison I know that for sure!!! :) There’s nothing really holding me back from being where I want to be or who I want to be, I know this for sure. Loyalty is everything if I tell you something believe it MY WORDS ARE TRUE AND THE PERSON I AM IS REAL!!!

18. What are you going through now?

I feel happy about my situation. I’m sure there’s many men and woman in prison that say the same things I say. “If I didn’t come to prison I would be in more trouble and up to no good”. On the streets I was a 9 to 5 type of dude I worked for my money. Only thing that would get in trouble is trying to get money the wrong way. If I didn’t come to prison I would be on the streets up to no good. I’d be in more trouble.  It’s a blessing in disguise. I believe coming to prison help me. I have a better understanding of the values of life and freedom. I know what I want to do and where I want to be in the future. Being here help show me that I can do right in the free world that I can live a normal life and work hard each day and be responsible. The daily challenges I face emotionally helps me become a stronger person for the future. I know when I get out I can do what I want to do and remember the things that I went through while incarcerated. Many people say that in order to live life successful we need to work hard and become better then how we were before being incarcerated. I think that’s true to a certain extent.. A real good friend of mine told me. To leave prison successfully and be better then before we need to change the way we think, Change our ways of thinking. Then focus on the future. Everyday I find myself ready to learn something new to help me be better for the future. But besides focusing on the future I write songs about what I go through and about LOVE!!

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

19. Time remaining to serve.

Set clear goals asap and follow them during the time I have left.

20. One month after release.

After being free for a month I see myself working or trying to start my own business. I also want to be a motivational speaker. Speak to these young teens about walking the right path!

21. One year after release.

Still working hard and staying out of trouble. Living in Washington but still going to Hawaii to do my music I see my music career taking off. I want to do Island/R&B music in Hawaii. And a year from being free I see that in the works.

22. Five years after release.

Being a financially stable and living a life worry free. No trouble no problems just taking care of the things I need to, And also enjoying traveling sharing my music with the world. They say if you want your dream to come true just be dedicated in 5 years of starting I see it coming true!! SELL OUT WAIKIKI SHELL!!! LoL!!! Its possible!! Dedication pays off when you stay dedicated!

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

24. Describe how television programs and movies depict prisoners:

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

26. In what ways is your adjustment similar?

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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