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07-09-2017, 11:02   #1
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Now Ye're Talking - to an ex-prisoner

Our next AMA guest is an ex-prisoner who was sentenced to six years in prison, serving 39 months of that sentence. Our volunteer is relatively newly released and is eager to share insights into their experience.

An ex-prisoner was on your AMA wishlist, so there should be plenty of interest in this AMA and it promises to be an eye-opening thread.

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07-09-2017, 11:04   #2
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Do you feel you deserved to go to prison? And did it serve any purpose beyond punishment?
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Do you feel any remorse for the crime you committed ? Has prison put you off offending again for fear of going back inside?
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Did you drop the soap
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Do some inmates make it a lifestyle choice to want to stay in prison?
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What positives if any did you take away from your time inside?
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Is there alot more freedom in prison than what you expected?
Is there any respect for the prison officers?
How many plans for escape or getting contraband in are in the works at any one time?
Did you do what they say in the movies and just batter the biggest guy you see on day 1?
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Do you feel that serving a little over half of your sentence is appropriate to your victim? How do you think they feel about this?
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Was this your first time to go to jail and do you feel its enough of a deterrent to committing crime in the future?

What's your opinion on the punishment v rehabilitation function of prisons?

If the gang you are pally with are the criminal type have you changed your habits, or are you back in touch with the same group again?
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How are you all doing guys?

I have about two days to do this so I will answer as much as possible, it might be at interval stages as I am in work at the moment so will be fitting as much in as I can without the boss over my shoulder
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Now that your on the outside how do you plan on getting a job?

Is it difficult for ex prisoners to get back into the workforce?
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What's the bullying culture like? Is it anything like Americas Toughest Prisons - either you're the shark or the food?
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Do you feel any remorse for the crime you committed ? Has prison put you off offending again for fear of going back inside?
Yes I definitely feel remorse, it was a life lesson also. It thought me alot about myself. I wasnt neccessarily cut out for prison but I learned to adapt fairly quickly.

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Do you feel you deserved to go to prison? And did it serve any purpose beyond punishment?
Yes I definitely deserved to go to prison, it was one of the biggest drug seizures in the state at the time. There have been bigger since though in fairness!
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Now that your on the outside how do you plan on getting a job?

Is it difficult for ex prisoners to get back into the workforce?
I am actually working at the moment, in fairness I got the job through a friend and my employer knows my past issues etc, I am doing quite well in that regard but in general its a nightmare for ex prisoners to get a job unless its through someone they know. Thats my experience anyway.
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Was this your first time to go to jail and do you feel its enough of a deterrent to committing crime in the future?

What's your opinion on the punishment v rehabilitation function of prisons?

If the gang you are pally with are the criminal type have you changed your habits, or are you back in touch with the same group again?
Yes it was my first time. Id be fairly sure it is my last time too. I have cut all ties with previous associates. It most definitely is not the type of life I want to lead, in fact, it wasnt then either , I just sort of fell in to a trap being young and naive I guess.

There definitely needs to be an overhaul of how prisons are managed regards rehabilitation and reform. The only prisoners I know that have taken a half decent path since release are ones who got involved in the few good things that go on in prison like courses and projects etc.
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