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Frank Booth

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Ex-cons oppions about rehabilitation vs just doing time. Working our way back into society and accepting society is slow.

I'm an ex con, did a lot of jail time in NY and know from the inside what it's like to carry the "brand" around the rest of my life. Know the problems of doing time and what it's like to try to live with the stigma of my past life, for the rest of my days. I know the daily adversity of the "system" even after one has paid his price of jail time, there is an ongoing price that will be paid the rest of my life. It's been over 30 years and I still, to this day pay.


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    Mar 16 2013: Morning Colleen,

    hmmm. Focus.. by communicating with you guys and gals, I'm thinking that being that there are many helpful programs for the ex-con and examining where "my" problem started, perhaps I should shift my focus, and direction of thought, towards an earlier time in the ex-convicts life and family exsperiance, in the family court arena. Of course we could try help impliment the Vermont Ex-con program in other states, God, knows some states do nothing.

    But, my exsperiances, as Kate stated, is that the real failure of the "system" starts in family court and exstends from there. The horror and abuse these systems put human beings through, I've exsperianced first hand, and perhaps that's what I'm trying to exspress, with hope that by shinning a light on the facts, we can find an avenue to address and stop what I refer to as "the treadmill of failure" of the system.

    Colleen, I kinda owe you an apology. When you invited me to a conferance, I was distracted and even more confused by this process then I am now, if that's not to hard to believe..smile.. What I should of said instead of "I'd like to think about it", is, Thank You and I would be honored. So, Thank You. Of course, to choose the appropriet conferance, with my lack of knoledge might be difficult. So, if you have any suggestions, I would be grateful.

    Thanks.. Splash
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      Mar 16 2013: Hi again Frank:>)
      I suggest that "failure" happens on many different levels, in many different systems. That is why it is easy to go in different directions with this topic. We can focus on any one system, or program at any given time, and I think/feel that change will happen when there is awareness and participation with the entire community.

      Now I'm confused.....I invited you to a conference? Try not to "should" on yourself. In my humble perception, any and all information is valuable, so from my perspective, there is nothing that is more or less appropriate. It depends on what avenue you want to explore at any given time.
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        Mar 16 2013: Thanks Colleen,

        And now, I have to think for a day or two. Try not to "should" on myself..smile.. Let you guys know what I'm thinking in a couple of days. Thanks Splash

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