Zeeron Nealy/ Class 1: Values

by Zerron Nealy

16. Who are you?

I am from New Orleans, LA.  I am interested in catering and landscaping.  I work very well with my hands and I need to express my talents.  I have always loved teaching people about my trades because I find that it gives them a since of pride.  I am very open minded towards learning new things.  If I where asked to view myself in a 3D type of way then I would say that I am kind, energetic, and love to see people smile.

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

IM IN G.E.D CLASSES,SOON TO BE TESTING IN PAINTING,WAREHOUSEING. I SOLD DRUGS

18. What are you going through now?

IM BUILDING MY MIND IN THE PATTERN THAT GOD WANT ME;IM AT PEACE

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

19. Time remaining to serve.

ABOUT THREE YEARS AND GETTING MORE EDUCATED

20. One month after release.

WORKING TOWARDS MY OWN BUSINESS IN LANDSCAPING AND OR CATERING.

21. One year after release.

I PLAN TO BROADEN MY CONTACTS AND HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT IS I AM DOING AND STRIVING FOR AS A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS MAN IN THOSE TWO FIELDS.

22. Five years after release.

I PLAN ON HAVING MY OWN TRANSPORTATION SERVICE IN THE GREATER NEW ORLEANS AREA.

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

IT DEPENDS ON HOW THEY ARE TAUGHT TO VIEW PEOPLE WHO HAS MADE MISTAKES BUT ULTIMATELY IN THE END IT DEPENDS ON THEIR HEART AND IF THEY BELIEVE IN FORGIVENESS AND SECOND CHANCES.

24. Describe how television programs and movies depict prisoners:

Well it depends! Some look at it as hardcore and some show there hope after being incarcerated.

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

That everyone here don’t learn from their mistakes. False

26. In what ways is your adjustment similar?

The officers test you the same.

27. In what ways is your adjustment different?

My adjustment is different, I don’t live up to the other inmates rules but I trust in God and I still do what the officers ask.

Describe what opportunities for personal growth and development exist in the different prison security levels:

28. High security.

I don’t know because i’ve never been there.

29. Medium security.

I don’t know because i’ve never been there.

30. Low security.

I dont’ let my environment change the man I am.

31. Minimum security.

I don’t know because i’ve never been there.

32. Prior to release, what do prisoners generally say about their prospects for returning?

Most say they will be 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?

Those that never return have a plan and stick to it. The others just talk and never act.

34. What steps can a prisoner take to improve chances of success upon release?

Prepare like they freedom is right around the corner. If they do then they will be preparing all day. Hitting goals and making new ones get us closer to success.

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?

He refutes the prison stereotype by living with hope, educating himself and creating meaning through his work.

41. What role did the prison infrastructure play in influencing Michael’s journey through prison?

As I see it, that infrastructure is designed to block me from meaningful preparation for success upon release, but being educated, staying focused on my goals.

42. What vision governed Michael’s decisions as a prisoner?

He understood that many years would pass before he returned to society.  He envisioned himself walking out with dignity, confident that he could weather any more storms.

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?

I made a 180 degree turnaround to committing myself to the Lord Jesus Christ first, to be able to hear what direction He wants me to go so, yes, I can walk out with dignity, confident that I will have the strength to overcome obstacles.

44. Aspiration: Where do you see yourself at various checkpoints in the future?

Upon my release, I’ll be reunited with my father and mother, then after a few months, I’ll go back home to be with my wife in Houston, Texas.

45. What distinguishes an aspiration from a fantasy?

To distinguishes, I will keep my eyes on the Lord, knowing he will direct my path.  Now, if I could save myself from prison I could have, would have, If! fantasy someone who wants something to fall in their lap without putting in the work.

46. Action: What steps are you taking toward aspiration?

Each day God finds fit for me to see, I’ll give Him thanks first, then I will look into working field to start my career job, working hard as a painter, welder, and truck driver.

47. Accountability: How are you measuring progress?

The goals I have set, I’ll be committed to them, and endure each one until it come to pass.

48. Awareness: How knowledgeable are you about the atmospherics around you?

My environment doesn’t dictate my every move.  I have learned that I choose to be with Christian brothers who are striving the same, and most of them or still business men.

49. In what ways do you reach beyond the boundaries that currently confine you?

Well, the ways I reach beyond the boundaries that currently confine me is that I stay focused on what needs to be done here as I prepare for release, cause what you do now is determining what you’ll do when you’re home

50. What do you know about the challenges that will confront you upon release?

Upon release, I know it will not be a walk in the park, I know this, that I will not quit until I reach each goals I plan and set, I will be successful.  1. Getting a job. 2. Staying away from bad company. 3. Facing my living expenses.  These will be my difficult challenges.

51. Achievement: When do you celebrate success?

When I go beyond the goals I set in my life. Like losing weight, was hard for me to lose, but I set a goal to lose 2 lbs a week for 10 months and now I see more progress in my loss.

52. Appreciation: What role do others have in your success?

Well, to me success is when you have that person who has love for you, and you have love for them and together you both share it with joy.

53. Where did those choices lead?

In the ninth grade, my choices led me to be with the wrong crowd. I can’t blame anyone,  I just lived a fast life. My parents raised me right.  It’s what I wanted to do.

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?

 

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