Lompoc Federal Prison Leads to Earning Freedom
When I was at the Lompoc Federal Prison, I wrote to help people in prison. In Earning Freedom, I tell the entire story, from the day of my arrest until the day that I transferred to a halfway house.
On August 11, 1987, DEA agents arrested me.
I began making a series of bad decisions when I was 20. After watching Scarface, the movie, I began trafficking in cocaine. Foolishly, I deluded myself into believing that I could avoid problems with the law if I never handled the cocaine. Instead, I hired other people to transport cocaine from Miami to Seattle. That decision exposed me to deeper problems with the criminal justice system.
Earning Freedom describes everything that happened after the day of my arrest. I present the story in three parts: Veni, Vidi, Vici.
That is the Latin for I came, I saw, I conquered.
In the first section, I describe the difficult months that followed my arrest. Authorities held me in pretrial detention. At the time, I only wanted release from prison. I made a series of bad decisions. Instead of accepting responsibility, I proceeded through trial. A jury convicted me on every count.
After my conviction, I began reading. Earning Freedom tells the story of how Socrates, the ancient Greek philosopher, inspired me. Instead of dwelling on my own problems, I began to focus on steps I could take to prepare for a life of success while serving my prison sentence.
In the second section, I describe my adjustment. I persuaded universities to admit me and worked toward earning academic degrees, I began to publish. Writing for publication represented my way of contributing to society. Then, I focused on building a support network.
The third section, I conquered, describes how my deliberate strategy of advancing through prison empowered me. Before transferring to the Lompoc federal prison, I married the love of my life, Carole. I earned an income from writing. The strategy led to my success in prison, allowing me to return to society with my dignity in tact.
Others can learn from Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-Year Prison Term. In Success After Prison, I describe how decisions I made in prison led to success after prison.
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