Larry Parks/ Class 2: Goals

by Larry Parks

64. What values might lead a person to success upon release from prison?:

First they would have to have a plan. They would have to a goal. They also would have a willingness to go through the negatives of rejection to get to the positives of success. They also have to realize that it wont be easy but if they can hold on… they can make it.

65. How does a person ever become his values?:

By confessing them out loud daily and applying them daily.

66. How does a person strengthen his integrity?:

For me its by living by Gods word and applying what I received in my heart and spirit to my daily living.

67. What immediate challenges will a prisoner confront the day his prison term expires?:

Where he can and want to live… What kind of jobs are available… What kind of support system will they have… and how they will handle rejection.

68. Housing:

$2,000

69. Household furnishings:

$2,000

70. Clothing:

$1,000

71. Transportation:

$2,000

72. Incidentals:

$2,000

73. How much in the way of financial resources should a prisoner expect to need in the way of financial resources to transition to society?:

They would have to be knowledgeable in how to go about acquiring financial support to conduct business and acquire support in different business endeavors.

74. How will prospective landlords, employers, creditors, and others in society respond to an individual who discloses his criminal record(s) and history of imprisonment?:

Most (if not all) people in society will be very apprehensive and hesitant with deal with x-offenders. I know because of my crime it will be pretty much impossible for me.

Describe the job market in the sectors for which you would like to find employment::

75. What range of income does the market offer?:

The higher education level you have… the higher range of income you can expect.

76. What level of education or experience do candidates for such employment typically have?:

They either have a higher level of education or more experience than most people.

77. In what ways will a prison record influence possibilities for employment?:

It varies… a lot employers are very conscious about x-offenders. Then there are other that will hire because of the end of the year they get a tax write off for hiring x-felon.

78. Where is the general employment rate in your community?:

very, very low.

79. How would you expect the general employment rate to compare with the unemployment rate for people with your background, considering prison record, educational record, and experience?:

Well… people with my background will find it very, very, very, hard to find a job. So I think in comparing the two we (as x-felons) will be in the low end of unemployment because of our past mistakes.

80. How much time do you anticipate needing between your release date and securing the job you expect to land?:

I anticipate a long, long, long time. I feel people will turn their back to me… they would not trust me working in their place of business… I will be looked down upon.

81. If halfway house placement requires forfeiture of 25 percent of gross earnings, of your monthly take-home pay, how much do you anticipate you will keep during the time you’re in the halfway house?:

First off… I will not be going to a halfway house because of my crime. But if I did and if I could get a job( which again will be very, very, very, hard) I would save $20.00 or more each check.

82. What do statistics show that average households in America earn each year?:

$16,000 – $20,000 a year

83. How so you anticipate your income will compare with that average one year after your release from prison?:

I don’t anticipate to even be near $5,000 let alone $10,000.

84. What emotions do we introduce when we obsess on issues beyond our ability to influence?:

Feelings of doubt, fear, loneliness, shame, regret.

85. How can we overcome the despair that accompanies imprisonment?:

Me personally… my belief in God keeps me going. But there are times when even my faith isn’t enough to maintain.

Michael wrote about the numerous ways that his behavior could lead to the extension of his prison term or the aggravation of his prison conditions. No one wants to serve longer prison terms or serve sentences under harsher conditions. :

86. What types of behavior lead to such outcomes?:

Anger, resentment, fear, loneliness, doubt, hopelessness, emptiness, feeling like life isn’t worth living anymore.

87. How do harsher prison conditions influence an individual’s ability to prepare for success upon release?:

It makes you feel like you will never be able to be a better person… you start to believe that you are the worst of the worst (1 Timothy 1:15). The more they come down on you, the lower your self-esteem is until you don’t have any.

88. How does behavior that leads to harsher prison conditions influence the lives of those in our support network?:

If you’re behaving in a manner which causes harder living conditions, than those who are in your support network will (one by one) start to no longer support you because you are not trying to change.

89. Although the prison system offered ways to lengthen a prison term or aggravate the conditions under which a prisoner served his sentence, what objective mechanisms exist within the system for a prisoner to distinguish himself in a positive way?:

There are educational programs, recreational programs and equipment, psychological programs, and vocational programs.

90. How then does the system encourage individuals to work toward reconciling with society, prepare for law-abiding lives upon release, or earn freedom?:

There various programs( if learned and applied) can help you gravitate toward success in prison and after prison.

91. Describe the goals you have set?:

To be more like Christ in my walk, talk and actions. To be able to go back into society a changed man ready for success. To be able to be the husband, father, and man that I was put on this earth to be. To be able to get a job and or start my own business. And to be a blessing in the lives of others.

92. Describe how your goals relate to your professed values?:

By being a Christian and let God direct my path(proverbs 3:6) and by being humble and eager to work… I pray that my values will help me to be successful in what ever God has for me to do.

93. How clearly can you gauge your level of success toward each goal you set?:

each goal that I have set for myself is geared toward success in this life and the after life. I have accomplished one by turning my life back to God. Now my success relays on me following Gods voice.

94. In what ways does one goal lead to the next?:

Life is about progress. One day successfully lived is preparation for the future. The same goes with goals. Each goal successfully reached is preparation for the next goal. Thus success is a continuance of reaching and achieving goals in preparation for the next goal.

95. If you achieve all of your goals, how will they influence your prison adjustment?:

By obtaining all of your goals… prison will be the foundation on which I’m building my new life. You start here with a go good solid foundation and build your new house (new life) on top of it. I started building my new life in prison so when God sees fit for me to get out… I will have already started my new home from the ground up… inside and out.

96. How will the goals you set influence your prospects for success upon release?:

As I work toward a successful return into society the goals I set for myself will prepare me for the ups and downs… ends and outs.. opened and closed doors that I will come across in society. As I look to God for strength and guide’s I know that “If God be for me, who can be against me”(Romans 8:32).

 

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