Straight from the Pen
The funding to create and manage this website came from your host, who worked for $1.45 per hour in the Federal Prison Industries, Inc. (UNICOR). Those meager wages and good financial management made this site possible.
He decided the concept behind Straightfromthepen outweighed his comfort from channeling his earnings into personal items and release preparation savings.
[More below on StraightfromthePen concept]
Midnight Express Books created StraightfromthePen.com for your host while he was serving a thirty-five-year federal sentence. His publisher at Midnight Express Books designed and managed the site for him until his release to a halfway house on August 28, 2018.
About Your Host: Wayne T. Dowdy
Life began in a low-middle-class neighborhood of Atlanta, GA. My parents provided me and my siblings with food and shelter. I wanted more. Today I’m a writer with a unique voice, after having survived serving thirty-years and ten-days of my life inside the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons.
I write openly and honestly to allow people to peek at my transformation in progress. For decades I lived the Thug Life and caused several people pain and misery; especially, my loved ones and countless victims, something I regret.
I don’t blame anyone other than myself for spending most of my life confined behind walls, bars and fences. I made the poor choices that lead to prison.
Help Returning Citizens: https://straightfromthepen.com/2019/03/18/help-returning-citizens/
Straight from the Pen Concept
The Straight from the Pen concept is a dream, a plan to gather people to help create a social networking system designed to improve the state of affairs. Prison budgets drain state and federal economies, but more so than that, the prison experience drains life from many men and women and damages the chance of those who wish to succeed after serving time in prison.
Tarnished by the “Ex-Con” stigma, makes it difficult for returning citizens to find jobs and people willing to trust and help him or her get on their feet. Many of those who go to prison lose everything and walk out of the prison gates without any money, family, friends, and a lot of repressed hate and anger that will destroy them and sometimes hurt others who become their victims.
Recidivism rates soar in America: In one study of prisoners released in 1994, 67.5% of prisoners were re-arrested within 3-years of release. A recidivist is a person who returns to old behaviors. Then in the “Recidivism of Prisoners Released in 30 States in 2005, Patterns from 2005 to 2010,” on average, 76.6% of state prisoners returned to prison with a new charge.
Federal prisoners fared better than state prisoners. In an eight year study, “Recidivism Among Federal Offenders: A Comprehensive Overview” that the United States Sentencing Commission released in 2016, “almost one-half of federal offenders released in 2005 (49.3%) were rearrested for a new crime or rearrested for a violation of supervision conditions.”
[In my blog post, “War and Reentry,” June 4, 2018, https://straightfromthepen.com/2018/06/04/war-and-reentry/
I question the legitimacy of the federal study and show statistical juggling used to convince the masses that the federal system does better than states at reducing recidivism.]
In some categories and in a more recent 9-year recidivism study, over 80% returned to prison after release, which shows how severe recidivism is in America and how important prison and criminal justice reform are to our society. (Read “Breaking News” at https://straightfromthepen.com/2018/06/18/breaking-news/
The recidivism rate is 80.1% for career criminals who automatically fall in the Criminal History Category of VI by having two prior felony drug and, or violent crime convictions.
THE COST of incarceration in America varies depending on the age and security of prisoners. In the federal system, those rates average between $36,000 for healthy prisoners, and much higher for most of its aging prisoners.
Because of rising health care cost, the cost of my incarceration [did run] close to $100,000 per year. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to free me? [Free at Last!]
Straight from the Pen hopes to lower those numbers by helping to change the status quo of the criminal justice systems across America and beyond. Reducing recidivism, crime rates, and the victimization of those who will otherwise fall victim to the recidivist, whether by feeling the pain inflicted from the recidivist or by paying enormous tax rates that supports mass incarceration in America, will make life better for everyone involved. We can make a difference!
My plan is to find those capable and willing to create two social networking sites called StraightFromthePen.org and StraightFromthePen.net. The .org will contain links to every state and federal legislature.
Myself or others will draft bills and letters of support on specific issues of interest to society, and demand a vote from the elected officials to support the bills or issues necessary to change the corrupt system fueling mass incarceration. The supporting letters will caution politicians that a contrary vote will result in a negative vote for him or her during reelection.