My son will finally be coming home in January 2019 from Coleman USP in Florida. By then, he will have spent about fourteen and a half years in the federal prison system. That’s a long time. He’s not a young man anymore.
When he gets out, he’ll be entering the Hope for Prisoners program here in Las Vegas. I can tell you that both of us are excited and a little afraid. He’s afraid he won’t be able to function in society and may fail. I have some fears also. I’m afraid I may fail in my interactions with him.
But, with Hope for Prisoners’ support and mine, he can put his fears behind him. He will have all the opportunities and tools he needs to succeed. I know he can do it and will use the rest of his life to better himself and others.
Not sure what the first thing we will do before flying back to Las Vegas, but I suspect it will be a trip to McDonald’s for a Big Mac and to a clothing store. He does not even know what size clothes he wears now. When ex-offenders got out of prison, they usually leave with just the clothes on their backs and whatever legal files or books they have. Some walk out with nothing.
We’re so fortunate to have the Hope for Prisoners program, Jon Ponder, and his staff behind us. They are an amazing reentry program with a track record of keeping 94% of their graduates from returning to prison. They give people like my son and myself real hope for success.