Timothy Lee/ Class 7: Support Networks

by Timothy Lee

174. In what ways do you perceive relationships with people you knew prior to confinement to evolve over the course of your imprisonment?

I try to stay in contact with different family members to not stay locked in prison environment and to have a strong relationship.

175. In what ways have you nurtured support networks during the time you’ve served thus far?

I have tried to have a network system but some people distant themselves from me because of my past.

176. In what ways will the support network you have in place now contribute to your success upon release?

They want me to learn from my bad decision and get my life together.  They will support me as long as I continue to do the right with getting my life together.

177. In what ways would you build a strong support network while you climbed through years of imprisonment?.

Show my family the things I am accomplishing to better myself and preparing for my release.

178. In what ways do support networks or the lack of support networks influence prison adjustments?

It tells me that this is my last chance to get it right.

179. To what extent are the values that those in your support network embrace harmonious with the values you profess to embrace?

They are all supportive with the things I am doing with getting my life together.

180. What steps are you taking now to build or nurture your support network?

By trying to find answers that can help me when I get out to help me live a law abiding life.

181. In what ways can those in your support network facilitate your aspirations?

Them seeing me do better is my aspiration to change my life.

182. In what ways is your support network helping you now?

They are talking to me thru letters and phone calls as well as some financial help when possible.

183. What level of allegiance do you pledge to your support network?

I give them a high level of respect for being here for me and want me to change my life.

184. What incremental action steps can you to take to bring people you do not currently know into your life?

By presenting myself with different things in hopes of getting their attention with what I want to do with my life.

185. What thoughts do you have about people who would be most influential to your possibilities for success upon release?

I have a great respect for the people that want me to do good upon my release.

186. Who are they?

My children, uncles, aunts, cousins and also friends.

187. What interests do they have?

To see a different person come out of prison compared to the person I was in the past.

188. How can you make them aware of your aspirations?

Showing them diploma, degree from college as well as my conversation.

189. What impression would your adjustment through prison thus far make upon them?

Some difference to a certain degree but when I get out, it’s all about the show me state of mind.

190. In what ways are you working to cultivate mentors?

I am continuing to reach out to family that I look up to as mentors as well as outside sources.

191. In what ways does your behavior or activities within prison boundaries influence your relationships?

I stay focus for all of the people who have faith in me to not let my behavior be negative or get wrapped up in activities that’s wrong.

192. How would you assess the preparations and commitment your closest acquaintances make to a law-abiding, successful life upon release?

I had hoped that guys I deal with be successful but some of them may not live a law abiding life.

193. If you were to receive a disciplinary infraction, in what way would that influence the support network you’re striving to cultivate?

They would be disappointed and upset because I got into trouble and feel like I haven’t learned my lesson.

194. What relevance does the phrase “It’s not what you know but who you know” have to you?

That has a pretty strong meaning because when you know certain people, it can take you a long way.

195. To what extent would your actions show that you’re conscious of the influence others have on your prospects for success upon release?

Because you care about what they think or say within your life.

196. How can a prisoner open more opportunities to broaden his network of support?

Send letters of interest to people that are dealing with the field in society that you would like to work with them.

197. How would your transition to society change if you had a job offer in place before your release?

It would help a lot to close doors that would hinder me from being successful upon release.

198. What steps will you begin taking now to broaden, nurture, and protect your support network each week that you remain in prison?

Strive toward doing something better and showing them different achievement I am doing.

199. How will you hold yourself accountable? 

By continuing to accept responsibility for my wrong doing and work on myself to change for the betterment.

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