The State of Nevada has approved my son’s parole! So what’s next? He has to finish his federal time and will be out February 2019, just about a year and a half. Am I nervous? Yes! Is he even more nervous than I am Yes!!!
Can you imagine not having seen scenery like this in 13 years?
You haven’t used a “smart” phone, you don’t know how to use Facebook or Instagram or any of the social media sites. You don’t have job, you don’t have any money, you don’t have transportation and you don’t know where you are going to live. You don’t really know how you are gong to take care of yourself. No matter how big and bad you might have been in the prison system, you are a novice on the outside, and of course you are afraid. Mostly, you are afraid of failure and going back in. You have spent most of your time in solitary and don’t even know if you can function in society. Can you stand the “noise” on the outside? Can you interact properly with people? Can you stay sober when you have been an addict?
The ONLY way you will survive is with the support of friends and family. That’s it, otherwise you are dead in the water before you even start. Family members remember when your loved one gets out they need your support!
I will be here to support my son. I’ll help him find a suitable place to live away from friends who only want to drag him down. I’ll help him find a job and transportation. I’ll help him conquer the new technology. He is signed up to program with Hope for Prisoners. He will also attend substance abuse programs. I sincerely believe he has the determination to adjust to society and will not be one of the 65-75% who go back in.
My only goal is for him to be happy with himself and the new life he will have. Yes, I know it is up to him and not me! But, I will support him and not enable him. He is a changed person and I believe he will be successful!
Keep tuned in to follow us on his path to freedom and to his keeping free!