My Time In Jail

These are my stories about the times I’ve spent in jail.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking:

1) “I’m not surprised you’ve spent time in jail.”

2) “You mean they actually let you out? See, that’s whats wrong with the system; they let bad people out.”

3) “Oh really? What were you in jail for? Please tell!”

4) “It’s just like that movie ‘Chained Heat’, isn’t it? You gonna post some pictures?”

And so on…

Well, I hate to disappoint you, it’s none of the above.

It’s another weird thing about me. I do a lot of volunteer work.

It’s not something that I go around telling people. I am not someone who talks about the things I do. I don’t like that trait in people. If you are going to do something, just do it because it’s the right thing to do. Don’t go running around telling people all about it. Sort of takes the goodness out of it.

I got interested in this a long time ago. Can’t really explain why. It just sort of worked out that way.

The funny thing is, a lot of the people I worked with over the years aren’t so different from me. Well, other than the felony conviction part. But what I mean is this – “There but for the grace of God go I” – because many times it could have been me sitting there instead of them. I was fortunate. I grew up with a wonderful and caring family. I had parents that cared about how we all turned out. I had a full support system. I wasn’t put in foster care and forgotten.

I think it’s more important to see what we all have in common rather than what we don’t.

Anyway, I hope you like my stories. Some of these people changed my life for the better.

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Comments
  1. Anonymous says:

    I am a child of the 60s’ and I actually did spend a night in jail for protesting and I’ll never forget….I wound up going to Vietnam any way…..but life goes this way and that……

  2. Susan Lewis says:

    I was never arrested, but I was just a bit under age to protest at the time.

    But I remember it all clearly.

  3. People end up being sucked into “the system” due to socio – economic status, not just because they can’t afford the best lawyers… they have been denied education and a decent start to life. Life starts as a struggle, which then becomes a way of life and the cycle continues. They use drugs to escape their existence and then commit crime to afford the illusion. It might not be true in all situations, but it certainly seems to be common. Attitudes are moulded, not born. Nature vs Nurture? Knowledge is power!!

    • Susan Lewis says:

      You are very correct in your assessment.

      Also the system isn’t used anymore to rehabilitate the person and only to punish, which makes the cycle begin again.

      Susan

  4. Angry says:

    The United States for-profit penal system is a shame that is unmatched by any other country in the world.

    The for-profit penal system is one of the factors keeping medically usable marijuana artifically on the Class 1 Drug Schedule; in spite of the fact that the United States government is well aware of the safe medical uses of the plant, and the fact that it is not harmful—exactly 0 people have died from using marijuana.

    They know. They do nothing. It helps keep the prison system profits so high.

  5. Amanda Blain says:

    :) I knew i liked you! Look forward to following your blog :)

  6. curious212000 says:

    Hello Susan, I like ever thing about your Blog, you and your family especially your writing.
    I was recently arrested for having unwittingly a knife in a public place but it was not pursued in the Public Interest when it went to court and I have lost a bit of faith in the justice service.
    Bye for now.
    David.

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Thanks David. Glad you are enjoying my blog.

      Our judicial system is far from perfect and I can understand your point of view.

      Hang in there and thanks for your comments.

      Susan

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