Jim Vani

I have a background in finance, primarily as a Wholesaler, and Retail Mortgage Broker in the Commercial and Residential realm. I have more than 12 years of experience, and as far back as the early 2000s, I was a wholesale mortgage operations manager for Countrywide Home Loans. I have a proven track record of building and motivating high-growth start-up companies not only in finance but also including Custom Home Building and Commercial Development.

Rather than complain about my imprisonment, and remain angry that I was convicted at trial, I am going to use each day here to the best of my ability and to make sure that this experience does not define my life. I look forward to documenting my journey through Pekin and back to freedom.



March 29th, 2017 Finally, I am back home. In my warm comfy bed, alone with my Fiance Anna. After all this time, I have made it back. As I lay in complete comfort I feel the bed begin to tremble. The tremble grows into shaking the entire room. An irate voice shouts,...

Life In Prison

February 25th, 2017 Everyone in prison has a story. Although, it's usually what one did not do wrong, there is a story to be told. From Drug Dealers, Growers, and Makers. Medical Professionals, Auctioneers, Education Faculty, Business Executives, prior Law...

It’s Going to Be OK 

"Everything is going to be okay." In a visit with my Fiance', family and friends, a man stopped next to us. He was there visiting another inmate and felt this need to share these supporting words. It threw me off, being totally unexpected, he shared and went on his...

Into The Jungle In Federal Prison

The recent weeks have been filled with a series of unexpected events. It all started with my forced move from the RDAP Unit of Kansas over to the dark side- the general population housing unit of Nebraska.  As new RDAP enrollees transfer and surrender in, the bed...

First & Last

A bead of sweat drips from my forehead. I finish up a set of pushups and notice a man standing next to me. "Are you Jim?" he says. I am bit taken back at first. Wondering how he knows my name, and why he is approaching me in the middle of my workout, in prison. His...

Finding The Why At Pekin Federal Prison Camp

Finding The Why At Pekin Federal Prison Camp

Stronger Through The “Why” "Nebraska Greeter to the Officers Station." The all too common announcement reverberates throughout the camp. The same very announcement the guard made on my day of surrender, now 13 long months ago. An inmate whose job is a "greeter" walks...

The Journey Of Life

The Journey Of Life

The Journey Of Life September 23, 2016 "You wont be mad at me if I leave you, will you?" Some of my Grandmother's last words to my family before they tucked her in for her last night with us. She left that night and will be missed greatly. My Grandma was the "glue"...

Tears & Makeup

Tears & Makeup Tears continuously flow form her gorgeous deep blue eyes. Her eyeliner smeared down her beautiful face. I walk away from the stand towards her and we embrace near the back of the vast intimidating court room. I take in her scent of freshly cut...


The 'clink' of a horseshoe rings nearby. Others jog around the track as another rakes out the softball field. I finish my last pull-up and release from the aluminum fence post stepping down onto a concrete block. Working out in this summer heat is the only option here...

Fireworks of Freedom

Happy Independence Day. Holidays in prison are quite a bit different, as you might expect. I've spent Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Valentines Day, and my Birthday here thus far. Today as I write it is the 4th of July, 2016. My...

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