Funny how that is worded huh? “My Debt to Society”… As tax payers lay to house me for my crime I am paying my debt to society with what is to be warehoused years of my life. There is absolutely no reason for my debt besides the seriousness of my crime, for I am not a threat to society, I am not a career criminal. I’d much rather pay my debt to society in a trail of redemption being a tax payer and being a part of life changing experiences for myself and others.
My debt to society will cost society approximately $500,080 to tax payers, and that’s if the parole board blesses me with release on what my judge set as my fixed. So to all of the tax payers out there I must apologize for making all of you victims of my crime. To think about such things is disheartening. You would think that before a judge makes a decision they would literally think about what is the real reasons for such sentences. It’s a horrible play on words to call ones incarceration a debt to society. After looking at such things you would hope that the money was actually an investment into the recreation of a person. As to say that over a twenty year period a person could get a lot of help with $500,000. In comparison to just being warehoused in an environment that breeds negativity, hate, bitterness, violence, and irresponsibility.
I always speak of the opposite view. The one that I completely understand in regards to criminals deserving no consideration because they should’ve never committed their crime. The truth is that statement is absolutely correct. So since a person is a failure, what steps should be taken then? The answer right now is warehouse. Rehabilitation is the furthest thing from what is happening. At the same time you have men that are wasted space in a timeout for their failures but not a threat to society in any fashion and men that i don’t want living next to my family because they are out of control, and you have this broken system that shows no effort in trying to figure out who’s who in the zoo. Quite the opposite in fact. When a person goes to parole in our state odds are the board hasn’t a clue as to who is in front of them.
I do wish that I could change things and not experience this life. But what’s done is done and now all I have is the future and hope that redemption will see the time of day. I do apologize to society for my debt and promise that I am doing my best to become the best $500,000 investment mankind could ever ask for in reference to a fellow man.
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