General Assembly (Burning Rubber)

General Assembly (Burning Rubber)

It is November 2011. I finished the WoW program and became eligible for the workforce. Nervously I checked my mail daily, waiting for a job assignment. I’d been fired from my last job so I could not choose the next one. It would be assigned to me based on the...
A PADDED ROOM (THE PICKLE SUIT)

A PADDED ROOM (THE PICKLE SUIT)

Suicide watch in Shakopee takes place in the facility’s segregation unit. While inmates are most often taken to seg for disciplinary reasons, suicide watch and health concerns are other reasons why segregation is also used for administrative detention. It was...
ORIENTATION (CHANGE, SHOCK & AWE, SUICIDE WATCH)

ORIENTATION (CHANGE, SHOCK & AWE, SUICIDE WATCH)

I have said I was unaware previously that I needed to change. What does that mean? I believed myself to be a good person or at least a person who understood what good is, even if I lacked the ability to consistently and reliably perform it. I felt I had a good moral...
BAIL, SENTENCING, & PRISON INTAKE

BAIL, SENTENCING, & PRISON INTAKE

A year passed after I was first arrested in 2010 before I was sentenced and sent to prison. During this year I served 3 months in county jail, was released on bail, and had many court hearings. I passed the year in a mental fog, in such a haze I was even unaware I was...
JAIL

JAIL

I was arrested in March 2010. Again I heard the familiar questions, “What were you thinking? Why did you do that?” I had long believed myself to be the source of conflict in our family. Our family’s shared religious beliefs, strong convictions, and high...