Timothy Lee/ Class 2: Goals

by Timothy Lee

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

Being determined to change his life and put the past behind him.

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

By standing on his principles and values he has for himself, no matter what.

66. How does a person strengthen his integrity?:

My sticking to my beliefs and morals that my family instilled in me as a person and man.

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

Having to adjust to a different environment other than confinement.

68. Housing:

$1,000 to $1,800

69. Household furnishings:


70. Clothing:


71. Transportation:

Used car $2,000

72. Incidentals:


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?:

$5,000 to start

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?:

They might look at you in a bad way. That’s why you have to be selective with telling people about your criminal record or imprisonment.

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

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

$26-$30 as a counselor; $30-$37 as a CNC machine operator

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

They usually have a college degree to be a counselor or have vocation training in one machine operator.

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

It can give an employer a negative point of view or it can possibly say that you made a bad choice in hopes of them giving you a second chance.

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

Low, I haven’t been in society in 2 years.

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?:

I would fall under the unemployment percentage rate if I cannot find a job due to my criminal background.

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

I would hope to have a job within 30 days but I already know that it’ll be a hard task due to my incarceration.

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?:

10% of my earnings after paying my monthly bills.

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

$30,000-40,000 per year.

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

It will be low until I am more stable with my career.

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

We get frustrate, angry and act out toward people that does not have anything to do with these issues.

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

Set out to accomplish our goals to prepare for our release date.

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?:

Making wine, fights or stabbing, having a knife will lead to doing more time.

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

Because it will make you prepare to not come back to prison because it shows you that this is not a place for a human being.

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

It will make them worry about you to a degree if you are alright.

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?

They offer different self-help programs to teach you to prepare yourself for release.

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

To work the programs and have community ties as well as keep in front of you consequences of coming back to prison.

91. Describe the goals you have set?:

To change my life to do better and accomplish different goals for myself to close the doors that hindered me.

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

My goals make me have self-respect and morals about myself.

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

As of right now, I am limited to obtain my goals because the BOP does not have too many programs to seriously work toward my goals.

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

Because once you accomplish a goal it opens the door for you to move forward.

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

I did not let my incarceration affect me in obtaining the goals I needed to accomplish.

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

Because they will close those doors of negativity to help me do better compared to not having anything together when I walked out of prison in the past.


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