April 8, 2012

This morning I read an article in the New York Times discussing the booming prison consulting industry. Rather than seeking to improve the industry, along with the worthwhile services former prisoners could offer, the charlatans

portrayed in the article did nothing but bicker back and forth about who was better.

It bothers me when former prisoners lie to procure business. It does nothing but feed into the belief that prisoners are unrepetanant and incapable of reform. One of the consultants profiled, for instance, boasts statistics on his website, highlighting the odds of being raped, stabbed, and so on. The insinuation, of course, is that hiring him will help you beat the odds. That information would be helpful if his clients were going to the penitentiary. His clients, or prospects I should say, are educated white-collar offenders. Most are going to a prison camp, or at worst, a low facility. And he knows that, but such an approach would not scare men and their families into paying him.

For any incoming prisoner preparing to surrender to a prison camp, let me be clear: You are not going to get raped or stabbed. If that is what you expect of a consultant save your money. A qualified consultant, one who can easily document their journey through prison with hard data, can help you overcome the misery that accompanies confinement by setting clearly defined goals. Rather than taking your money to tell you how to shop in the commissary, a qualified consultant will help you set a realistic plan, enabling you to stay connected to the outside world, while working on projects that deliver meaning and relevance to your prison term and life.

Justin Paperny

 

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April 8, 2012
This morning I read an article in the New York Times discussing the booming prison consulting industry. Rather than seeking to improve the industry, along with the worthwhile services former prisoners could offer, the charlatans portrayed in the article did nothing but bicker back and forth about who was better.
It bothers me when former prisoners lie to procure business. It does nothing but feed into the belief that prisoners are unrepetanant and incapable of reform. One of the consultants profiled, for instance, boasts statistics on his website, highlighting the odds of being raped, stabbed, and so on. The insinuation, of course, is that hiring him will help you beat the odds. That information would be helpful if his clients were going to the penitentiary. His clients, or prospects I should say, are educated white-collar offenders. Most are going to a prison camp, or at worst, a low facility. And he knows that, but such an approach would not scare men and their families into paying him.
For any incoming prisoner preparing to surrender to a prison camp, let me be clear: You are not going to get raped or stabbed. If that is what you expect of a consultant save your money. A qualified consultant, one who can easily document their journey through prison with hard data, can help you overcome the misery that accompanies confinement by setting clearly defined goals. Rather than taking your money to tell you how to shop in the commissary, a qualified consultant will help you set a realistic plan, enabling you to stay connected to the outside world, while working on projects that deliver meaning and relevance to your prison term and life.
Justin Paperny

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