Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Six Days Until My Release From Taft Federal Prison Camp
One week from today I will walk out of the Taft Prison Camp boundaries. That will begin my new life and I’m so enthusiastic that I can hardly contain myself.
According to a letter I received from my mother, she has received many emails and phone call messages from people who have read Lessons From Prison and the consensus is that it is well written and held their interest. Many dear friends have gone out of their way to show kindness towards me and my family. I know that the stigma of imprisonment can turn some people off. It is a good feeling to know that I have many supporters who have not distanced themselves from me because of my poor judgment and subsequent journey through the criminal justice system. These last few days I’ll be at Taft Camp, when we speak on the phone, friends tell me how happy they are that we will see one another again soon.
I have received emails and letters from blog readers on this site asking what I plan to do when I leave Taft Camp. My plans for the future are quite clear. I intend to build a career around speaking, consulting, teaching and inspiring. My book Lessons From Prison will help me reach many audience types.
As a speaker I expect to address corporations that employ more than 100 people. I will market my seminar through human resources departments, and offer presentations on the importance of ethical compliance. Many executives operate in gray areas that can expose them to consequences much more significant than the loss of a career. Through my presentations I intend to teach some of the lessons I’ve learned from prison.
As a consultant, I expect to work closely with individuals who anticipate a struggle through the criminal justice system. I want to advise them of the consequences of their decisions and I want to prepare them with strategies that will help them emerge successfully through adversity.
In teaching I expect to instruct those who may be immersed in adverse environments. They may be in the criminal justice system, or in a difficult socioeconomic circumstance. I’d like to offer guidance on steps that work for self-empowerment.
Through all of my efforts, I hope to inspire my fellow citizens to reach their highest potential. If I could prepare myself for happiness from prison, I know I can help others.