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Darren Broadus/ Class 4: Life Management Skills

November 14, 2012 in Life Management Skills, Straight-A Guide Curriculum by Darren Broadus

105. How would you define your life management skills?

I would say that I managed life very well but my risks were damaging.  I placed myself in good positions to obtain great employment within my field but the decisions I made compromised everything I accomplished.

106. What types of decisions influence how you will emerge from prison?

Well thought out decisions.  Decisions that will make way for improvement.  Decisions that won’t compromise my freedom.

107. In what ways does your daily schedule determine your potential for success upon release?

1st and foremost, I look to God for direction everyday, I also keep a positive outlook no matter what.  Even though I have a daily routine being incarcerated, I have to make adjustments.  Making the proper adjustments when necessary.

108. How do personal relationships influence our prospects for success?

WOW, personal relationships can have an overwhelming influence.  I feel that it’s important to surround myself with positive people, people who are going in the same direction you are.  Who needs negative energy.

109. How can we cultivate and nurture personal relationships that may prove helpful through our prison journey and beyond?

To be honest, I found it difficult to hold on to any good relationships because people on the outside just don’t have time and communication costs money.

110. In what ways did Michael’s decisions at the beginning of his term lead to the opportunities that opened for him through the decades he served?

I think his persistence and determination was key not to mention he happened to stumble upon the right people who were willing to help.  I tip my hat to Michael because he was challenged often and never really lost sight of his plan.  Michael was not going to let prison beat him.

111. In what ways have the decisions you made from the day of your arrest influenced your life today?

I made the decision to leave prison a better man, better father, better son, better brother than when I came in.

112. How would you compare and contrast the initial adjustment decisions of two prisoners who offered their profiles?

Walt Jones and David Muniz, these guys had the same chip on their shoulders as do a lot of guys who come in with long sentences but both men also never lost sight of hope.  Once they knew that there was hope, adjustments were made.

113. In what ways does your prison adjustment compare or contrast with the individuals profiled?

Like the two guys I spoke about, I too have hope.  Everyday I’m making adjustments to do better.

114. In what ways does your prison adjustment compare or contrast with the type of career trajectory That Greg Reyes or some of the other successful businessmen described?

Having that empowered attitude, the damage is done and there’s no sense in making excuses or placing blame.  Let’s dig deep and come out of this thing.  I like Greg’s attitude.

115. What steps can you take in the time that spans between now and your release date to prepare for a law-abiding, fulfilling life?

Continue to work on my support system, stay healthy and think things all the way through.  Continue to build my relationship with God.

116. In what ways are your interactions with others in prison and beyond purposeful?

I’ve met some good men who want the same things I want in life and have been thru similar situations.  We encourage one another.

117. How do your interactions with others relate to the individual you aspire to become?

I’ve learned a great deal from some of the guys I talked to, especially dealing with ways to improve credit and making other business decisions.

118. What types of activities, interests, and discussions motivate or inspire your closest acquaintances?

Most of the guys I talk to love sports, and want to be better men.  Getting out of here and moving forward in life.

119. In what ways will the relationships you cultivate help or hinder your aspirations?

Other than God, my relationships consist of my immediate family.  My family has been very supportive through the years and it helps a lot, trust me.

120. If Red had a stable job with opportunities for growth, what do you suppose would have tempted him to revert to crime?

I just don’t think that Red made that quality decision to change.  That kind of crime takes planning and he was arrested within one year, do the math.

121. In what ways could a prisoner manage his life to persuade prospective employers that he lives by different values from men like Red?

The only way I can answer this question is if the employer is in contact with the prisoner and can see his/her progress through the time of incarceration.

122. How does an individual’s diction influence perceptions?

Your diction influences people’s perception of you a great deal.  This way they know how to deal with you or at least they’ll have an idea of what type of person you are.

123. How does an individual’s personal grooming and presentation influence opportunities?

Appearance is everything.

124. With regard to the attitude attribute of the Straight-A Guide, what does it mean to make a 100 percent commitment?

Means to be 100% ready to change and better yourself or 100% of being a failure.

125. How would you assess your acquaintances with regard to the attitude attribute of the Straight-A Guide? 

On a scale of 1-10, a good 8 1/2 , you got to have a good positive attitude.  I said this before, I like positive energy.

Darren Broadus/ Class 3: Accountability

November 14, 2012 in Accountability, Straight-A Guide Curriculum by Darren Broadus

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

I think that an accountability log will help a lot because it can serve as a reminder as well.

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’ve been on parole/probation before and they differ some could care less whether or not you’re trying to lead a better life and others are there to help.

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

Well, transparency will show who you are, with nothing to hide, showing that this is who I once was and now this is whom I’ve become.  Transparency will allow them to see the transition.

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

Accountability logs not only serve as a reminder of responsibility but they also used the logs to measure progress, you can use the logs to see the progress you’ve made in your journey.

101. How do universities evaluate which students to admit?

GPA and work ethic.  The progress they’ve made prior to getting to the next level.

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

Your payment method, your amount you’re requesting versus the amount that you’re brining in.

103. What governs investment decisions that people make?

Profit margins.

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

My responses support the value of the accountability logs because there’s a pattern.  You can visually see the pattern of progress.  You can also see if you’re progressing IF you’re not holding yourself accountable, then you can make the necessary adjustments.

Darren Broadus/ Class 1: Values

August 15, 2012 in Straight-A Guide Curriculum, Values by Darren Broadus

16. Who are you?

I am a determind man , career based, loyal and GOD fearing.

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

I have a GED, I’m a Welder, and my charge is conspiracy to drugs.

18. What are you going through now?

I guess I’m going through all the difficulties of being incarcerated, away from family etc.

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

19. Time remaining to serve.

1st and foremost a better man

20. One month after release.

Seeking employment

21. One year after release.

setting attainable goals

22. Five years after release.

achieving most of the goals that I’ve set for myself

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

most people think that people that are in prison are bad people, but unfortunately we’re just people who made some mistakes

24. Describe how television programs and movies depict prisoners:

As people who don’t have education, who are drug addicts, and low lives

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

I think that most guys adjustments are to be better people

26. In what ways is your adjustment similar?

I think that my approach is different, I mean despite my mistakes I’ve accomplished alot in life and I just have to fine tune where I went wrong. Changing the way I think and handle situations.

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?



Darren Broadus/ Emerging Successfully From Prison

August 8, 2012 in Personal Journal Entries by Darren Broadus

August 8, 2012

I think emerging prison successfully consists of making preparations while you’re in and that consists of a re-entry plan. Being as though things change in life daily sometimes making plans don’t always workout, but for the most part having a plan that have obtainable goals.

Darren Broadus

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