21 December 2015

Christmas List

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THINGS I DON’T GET TO DO DURING CHRISTMAS WHEN I’M IN PRISON

Eat a lavish dinner with my family.

Decorate.

Get gifts.

Receive holiday cards.

Get invited to Christmas parties.

Watch Christmas TV specials.

THINGS I DON’T HAVE TO DO DURING CHRISTMAS WHEN I’M IN PRISON

Eat a lavish dinner with my family. Pretend like food makes any of us happy.

Decorate. Bear witness to each family member’s silent display of depression.

Get gifts. Spend money on other people.

Receive cards. Send cards.

Get invited to Christmas parties. Go to Christmas parties.

Watch Christmas TV specials. Realize that the TV specials I know and watched as a child are 40 years old.

THINGS I DON’T GET TO SAY DURING CHRISTMAS WHEN I’M IN PRISON

I’m such a brat that I’ve actually appreciated maybe three gifts I’ve received over 39 Christmases; the others weren’t good enough for me.

I bet 95%  of the women in here enjoyed their Christmases in the past way more than I did because I was/am ungrateful.

Throughout the year, I send more cards than anyone I know. I’m a champion card-sender but I’m still a bitch.

I think I dislike people so much that I doubt I’ve really enjoyed any party I attended when I wasn’t wasted.

It’s a good thing I won’t be invited anymore.

Because of all of the above, being in prison at Christmas doesn’t really bother me that much.

THINGS I DON’T HAVE TO SAY DURING CHRISTMAS WHEN I’M IN PRISON

How much these facts prove that I’m irretrievably screwed-up.

 

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THREE IDEAS IN JUSTICE REFORM FROM DECEMBER 14-20, 2015

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A big story this week in the New York Times: An Inmate Dies, and No One Is Punished – explores accountability for correction officers after an inmate died. Whenever this happens, the story is complicated and sad.

NPR reports that Obama Commutes Sentences of 95 Non-Violent Prisoners. Is this an effective method of decarceration?  Letting out 95 people in a sea of 2.3 million?

From Contra Costa Times: Convicted Murderers, Felons Pitch Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists. I think we need more of this. We rely on entitlement programs as re-entry strategies. This program tells inmates that they can achieve more, a message that’s in short supply in re-entry efforts.

 

 

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Posted December 21, 2015 by chandra in category "Is It Just Me?

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