June 10, 2015
Planning & Preparation For Federal Prison
I’m very fortunate to have met Justin Paperny who is helping me through this transition in my life. The old saying that you don’t know what you don’t know could not be any more profound than preparing to surrender to federal prison.
When I first pled guilty in my case, I thought I would continue on my work from Prison, and just be restricted in my movement and ability to have meetings. I thought that I would have access to email and the web, and that while removed from my family, I would be able to continue my career while incarcerated. I had no idea how wrong I was.
While my institution is quite progressive, allowing me access to email and letters, I am not allowed access to the internet in any way. I understand the perspective that the BOP has. I take a similar stance to not wanting my son to have unfettered access to the internet. Some of the consequences of my sentence include me losing my job, and being cut off from the internet for the next two years. For someone like me who has built his entire career by staying on the leading edge of technology, this is a significant impact on my life.
Through the use of letters from home, newspapers, magazines and books that I am allowed to receive, I’m going to do my best to try and stay in touch with technology so that upon my release I’ll have a fighting chance at seeking employment. I plan on enrolling in as much training and education that I can find while here in the hopes that I don’t become too outdated by the time I return to the employment pool.
In the past two months I have become very well educated on the actual impact of incarceration on my life. What you read on internet forums is very unreliable. Had I not found experienced mentors such as Justin I would have been in for a rude awakening not only upon my surrender, but in my planning of how I can succeed during my incarceration, and prepare myself to gain employment upon my release. If you or anyone you know is facing prison time, it would be a disservice to not be completely prepared for the journey.
I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to share this journey with those on the outside, and hopefully my experiences will not only help to improve my life for me and my family upon my release, but also help others who face tough times ahead.