Justin Paperny/ Class 3: Accountability
97. Describe your thoughts on whether accountability logs would help, hinder, or provide indifferent to your opportunities for success upon release.:
I was always against them until I went to prison. Or I should say I never thought about doing them. In my 20s I was successful as a stockbroker, I worked hard, but in many ways I was spinning my wheels. My goals varied quickly, depending on the day, the situation. Without an accountability tool to guide me, I struggled to hold myself accountable. That has all changed since going to prison.
98. In what ways will probation officers respond to efforts you’ve made at documenting your values, goals, and commitment to preparing for a law-abiding life upon release?:
I hope my probation officer responds favorably to my efforts in prison. That said, I would not be shaken if he/she does not. He or she will probably have a heavy caseload, and their goal will simply be to make sure I conform to the terms of my supervised release. I do not work to please a probation officer. I work hard to create a better life for those that love me. I work hard so I can repay my victims. Do not get me wrong. I will work hard to earn the trust of my PO, to prove to that I am committed to living honorably.
99. Elaborate on ways that full transparency with regard to your prison adjustment through accountability logs can influence potential employers or support networks.:
Documenting my journey through prison, I think, will demonstrate to potential employers and others that I am committed to change. Writing every day provides me an outlet to prove to others that despite the mistakes of my past, I am determined to improve, to make the most out of the one life I have. My prison record exists for anyone to review. I encourage others to read my blogs, my book, and to hold me accountable with every word I have written. That approach, of reviewing my work, is more effective than my telling an employer how much I have changed. Of course I am going to say that. The problem is most men say that. Deciphering who has and who has not is an issue an employer must debate. Documenting my journey show a deliberate approach to improve, despite the terms of my confinement. I hope employers take notice.
100. Describe the role accountability logs played in their success.:
Well I know that Michael ascribes a great deal of his success to his accountability logs. Every accomplishment, every goal is written in his little black book. He notes the time he wakes, the time he begins working, writing. It is extensive, but it keeps him on track. He is able to monitor performance at a moments notice. I have read scores of books that describe business leaders daily activities. All of them, in one way or another, use tools to hold themselves accountable. If it works for them it will probably work for me.
101. How do universities evaluate which students to admit?:
First thing, I presume, is their academic record, followed by community involvement. Those records in essence are accountability logs; it shows what the applicant has been doing with his life.
102. What information do creditors consider when deliberating on whether to extend loans?:
They consider our financial resources, references, credit reports, past employment and so on. These tools determine how fit one is to repay the loan.
103. What governs investment decisions that people make?:
Past performance is a pretty good indicator. It provides me an inkling of comfort knowing that the investment has performed in good and bad markets. I have always enjoyed reading prospectuses and offering memorandums.
104. How do your responses to the above questions support or refute the value accountability logs?:
All I know is the difference in my life before I used accountability logs and after. Writing down my goals, in short, keeps me working, holding me accountable at all times. I know no other way. Plus writing down goals, and accomplishing them, makes me feel good. It is a strategy I wish every prisoner would embrace. But sadly most do not.