Jayson Fulcher/ Class 1: Values

by Jayson Fulcher

16. Who are you?

I AM AN HONEST, CARING, PROPER GENTLEMAN THAT STANDS ON MY BELIEFS.

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

GED- I WAS KICKED OUT OF PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL FOR CUTTING CLASS AND SKIPPING SCHOOL. I DECIDED ON A CAREER AS A CONCERT PROMOTER TOO LATE AND NEEDED THE MONEY TO GET STARTED, I WAS USING DRUGS (PILLS, MARIJUANA AND AN OCCASIONAL COCAINE USE) SO MY DECISION MAKING WAS A LITTLE OFF AND I DECIDED THAT I WOULD TRY TO ROB A BANK, I HAVE ALWAYS HAD RUN INS WITH THE LAW AND BECAUSE OF THIS THE FEDS GAVE ME PLENTY OF TIME TO THINK ABOUT THIS ONE.

18. What are you going through now?

WHAT I AM GOING THROUGH NOW IS STRENGTHENING MY MIND AND BEHAVIOR, I HAVE A PRETTY GOOD PERSPECTIVE ON THINGS, I HAVE FOUND THAT THE COMFORTABLE MIDDLE IS MY PLACE. I AM ABLE TO AGREE WITH THE PRO-SOCIAL PERSPECTIVE, AND ALSO I CAN RELATE TO THE EXTREME (OUTLAW/ANARCHY) POINT OF VIEW. I AM STRUGGLING WITH THE FACT THAT I HAVE FAILED AT FATHERHOOD AND THROWING AWAY THE CHANCE THAT I HAD AT BEING THERE FOR MY FAMILY, I TRY TO MOVE AHEAD BUT I FIND MYSELF REFLECTING ON WHAT I HAVE DONE TO MY LOVED ONES AND IT’S HEART BREAKING.

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

19. Time remaining to serve.

BUILDING A SOLID RELATIONSHIP WITH MY DAUGHTER, BEING HEALTHY AND GAIN AS MUCH KNOWLEDGE AS POSSIBLE ABOUT MY CAREER CHOICE. AND CONTINUE TO HOLD MY HEAD HIGH WITH EVERY STEP I MAKE.

20. One month after release.

OBTAIN GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT AND WORK TOWARDS BEING SUCCESSFUL WITH MY COMPANY.

21. One year after release.

BE SUCCESSFUL WITH BUSINESS AND HAVE A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY DAUGHTER AND FAMILY MEMBERS. PROVIDE AND BE RESPONSIBLE, I WANT TO PAY TAXES :)

22. Five years after release.

TRAVELING/ OVERSEEING A VERY SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS.

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

I THINK THAT PEOPLE IN SOCIETY PERCEIVE PEOPLE IN PRISON AS DANGEROUS IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

24. Describe how television programs and movies depict prisoners:

MOSTLY VIOLENT/ DANGEROUS

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

I WAS FORTUNATE IN THE SENSE THAT WHEN I CAME TO PRISON I WAS TAUGHT BY GUYS THAT WERE WELL RESPECTED AND KNEW ALL OF THE PRISON POLITICS, SO MY ADJUSTMENT WAS VERY ODD AT FIRST BUT THEN BECAME ROUTINE, SO WHEN I SEE A TV SHOW OR MOVIE ABOUT STEREOTYPE OF PRISON I JUST CHUCKLE BECAUSE MOST OF IT IS EXAGGERATED OR BLOWN OUT OF PORTION.

26. In what ways is your adjustment similar?

MY ADJUSTMENT IS SIMILAR WHEN THERE IS TENSION IN THE PRISON, IT’S A VERY SERIOUS THING, LIVES ARE ACTUALLY ON THE LINE.

27. In what ways is your adjustment different?

THEY ARE DIFFERENT IN THE SENSE THAT PEOPLE DON’T USUALLY GET KILLED FOR NOTHING, MOST TIMES THERE IS A REASON BEHIND EVERY STABBING OR FIGHT, SO WHEN PEOPLE THINK THAT THINGS HAPPEN FOR NO REASON THAT NOT TRUE.

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

28. High security.

Respect for others/appreciation for what you have/ learn the ability to be objective!!!

29. Medium security.

Time management/ physical wellness/ patience

30. Low security.

unaware (i will not make it to that security level)

31. Minimum security.

unaware (i will not make it to that security level)

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

I am never coming back.

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

I think it varies on an individual basis

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

Humble ourselves and prepare for difficult times. It takes hard work and discipline to achieve goals.

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?

Anything more than 1 year.

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

Hopefully, rehabilitated/ lesson learned/ remorse for the harm they have done.

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

Physically, Mentally, and Spiritually advanced, Disciplined and Alert. Ready to take on a major challenge.

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

I don’t know what these people expect from us, it’s a difficult question for me to try to answer from my standpoint.

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

One who stays out of the way, (helps to prevent conflict) follows regulations and keeps a positive attitude.

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

From what i see, He seems to see things for what they REALLY are and wants to help anyone with similar experiences and anyone that wants to help themselves.

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?

Attitude: I have a positive attitude and i spend time each day educating myself in one way or another, I spend time each day exercising. I meditate every night and prepare for the following day, Among many other positive things throughout the day- I carry myself in an appropriate manner.

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

I see myself anywhere between where i stand today and a successful businessman that is an asset to society and my family.

45. What distinguishes an aspiration from a fantasy?

The difference between aspiration and fantasy to me is one is achievable if you take steps to accomplish and the other is just thought of.

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

I pay attention to billboard/ticket sales/countdowns/ tours and who is notable and what they stand for, also i read every type of music magazine. I take notes on every stadium/arena/venue and amphitheater that i can. I focus on who helps what cause-what companies sponsor what events. I do everything in my power to be prepared with my plan.

47. Accountability: How are you measuring progress?

I am measuring my progress by how i feel and the reaction of others when i speak on things.

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

I am very aware of what’s going on around me.

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

I meditate and exercise daily, also the most important is contact with family (thanks Ma- your the best!!!

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

I know that the biggest challenge for me is rebuilding a relationship with my daughter. It will also be difficult adjusting to society again, and establishing myself in a comfortable position.

51. Achievement: When do you celebrate success?

I will celebrate success when i have become successful.

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

The role that others have in my success is accepting the fact that i am determined and to be supportive of my decisions.

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?

I would give my child the best advice and then support her decision!!! (a very important lesson that i learned from Michelle…  Thanks Michelle :)

56. What would you do differently if you could?

I would be a good father, I would be a Husband today. I would be honest with everyone. I would be there!!! I would treat others in a way that i want to be treated. (to those of you that i have wronged, I am truly sorry!!!

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

Today i have an understanding of what i want out of life. I was not a receptive person, Today i am. I was quick to judge, now i am a very objective man. I can actually relate to a pro-social perspective. I am working on planning for the future.

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

I continue to educate myself in some form or another so i will continue to grow and not get stuck in the “prison politic” setting that happens often, so i steer clear from all that and work on myself.

59. Identify the values by which you live.

I carry myself in an appropriate manner, I try to live by helping the weak, defying the strong, teaching the youth, respecting my elders, Cherish woman and question authority!

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

See above :)

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

Also See above :)

62. Where does your allegiance lie?

My allegiance is with my family and being true to myself, staying focused on accomplishing my goals and being successful.

63. Are values situational or absolute?

My values are ABSOLUTE!!!

 

 

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