Gate Money: By Tammy Dodd

I just wanted to hit on a subject that is always an issue and as I read a few days ago in a California newspaper it is still an issue. The person who wrote about the “Gate Money” in that paper said that the inmates in California prisons only received $250 in money when you are relaeased from prison there. Well, he needs to be thankful. We here in the Georiga prison system only receive $25 when we are released from prison. It is something to talk about and try to figure out who makes the decisions about how much money a offender receives when they leave prison. Who makes those decisions? Does any of you guys know? Is it according to the state they are incarcerated in? Curious minds would like to know….
I am thankful for the TC and programs that actually help a ex-offender make it in the outside world and NOT get another charge because of lack of help when we get out of here. You don’t get back on your feet over night, and sometimes the pressure of having the money to live and the money to pay fines, etc…just gets the best of people who are trying very hard not to come back to prison. I had that on my heart and mind today so, I just thought I would take it to the streets. Thank you all for listening.

Peace, Love and Joy,

Tammy Dodd
DOC #559586

3 replies »

  1. It is hard to get back on your feet again, and I can’t imagine doing that with $25 or $250.00……Seems TC does try to help. You need some transition, especially after being locked up for a while! God is faithful and remember you have friends outside the gates to help you……we are praying already for your success when you go home!


  2. Hi Tammy, this is an interesting point. I’ve not thought of it before. I’m going to do some research. Thanks for posting.



    You wouldn’t listen to the old Man,
    You hit the road, just like all the rest;
    You thought yourself cool, you was the main man,
    Time you turned around and headed back west.

    You grabbed yourself some dough,
    Nothing was going to hold you down;
    Enjoying all the highs, and hating all the lows,
    Man, how did you get be, such a clown?

    Now you ain’t riding so high,
    You look in the mirror, you look around;
    Worn out, burned out, and about ready to die,
    Down to zero, yeah man, down to the ground.

    You’re Nikes of all gone, you’ve had your fill,
    You was the one’s gonna be the boss;
    Now you’re looking into the swill,
    Ain’t no profit, it’s all just loss.

    So as you hit the curve,
    Seems like a long way home;
    Steeling your soul and holding your nerve,
    Old Man’s waiting, just keep on going.

    You thought it was all over, you’d never get back,
    Facing the music and taking the rap;
    Now you’re cruising, right back on track;
    Where you always belonged, in your Fathers’ lap.

    (© Jimmy H – 27th June 2003)


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