LaMont “Fridge” NeeDum/ Class 3: Accountability

by Lamont-Needum

97. Describe your thoughts on whether accountability logs would help, hinder, or provide indifferent to your opportunities for success upon release.

I guess they will help. You have to put many irons in the fire.

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 believe that talk is cheap UNTIL it’s backed up with actions. I can do all manner of good while I’m in here. Minimal bills in here. No women pulling on me here. No pressure from old vices in here. I know so many people that talk a really good game in here, get out there and crash out. Dudes that live with a bible taped to their foreheads, but get home and can’t handle themselves.  So the probation officer may not be impressed if they’ve seen the downside of this thing. Not to mention, my reputation is killing me. So for another, it may be good, even great. But for me, we’ll see. I’m working for the best possible outcome and this is a part of it. Don’t want to make it seem like I’m doing this for naught, I would like the probation officer to be impressed. And this is a part of it. I’m just a little cynical that’s all.

99. Elaborate on ways that full transparency with regard to your prison adjustment through accountability logs can influence potential employers or support networks.

It shows your thought pattern. As a man thinketh, you dig.

100. Describe the role accountability logs played in their success:

I guess it kept them on track.

101. How do universities evaluate which students to admit?

Grades, aptitude tests, and ones ability to pay.

102. What information do creditors consider when deliberating on whether to extend loans?

Again, ones ability to pay is paramount. Employment history, collateral, and if one is asking for a loan to start a business, one would need to bring something to the table that projects estimated future income. Banks are not big on lending cash now and days, so you have to be a 90% or better hit. My man that does real estate in Chi’-town is doing so well that African-American owned banks are throwing money at him because he established his NAME AND REPUTATION first. Then he showed his earning potential by hustling hard. Banks are not having tip drills these days because of the Wall Street debacle.

103. What governs investment decisions that people make?

Many things. Family, bills, habits, ambitions. Most people would like to simply be SOMEBODY. Sometimes it’s advice, sometimes it’s greed. Many things factor into this.

104. How do your responses to the above questions support or refute the value of accountability logs?

Alright, alright! You’re pressing me so I’ll say it. I am a man that doesn’t need accountability logs, ok. That’s just the way I’m made. I am (unfortunately/fortunately) cursed with profound self-awareness. Let’s take sports and weight lifting for instance. Some guys have to pump themselves up to function. Not me. I develop a sort of…myopic, view of things. I get ultra-focused in short burst. I run back all the plays or useless movements, then attack. I know when I’m losing weight and how much without seeing a scale. I know, most times at least, when I’m writing the wack-ness. I know what I need to do most times. But I don’t need to be held to task, either I’m at it or I don’t care. The thing I HATE most is for anyone to waste my time. You can have all of it that you need, but if you waste my time I lose respect for you. And once I lose respect for a person they cease to exist in my mind. That’s how I function. I don’t know if it’s right or not, but it’s how I’m made. I think these logs are good for people that need them. I don’t need them, I simply have to want something and I won’t stop until I have it.

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