Pass the Test for a Better Life.
Each week I end up watching a program called LOCKUP. It is a program that goes into the jails and Prisons to document the lives of prisoners who land in jail or prison because they got caught doing something that society has determined illegal and violates another person’s rights of property, personal liberty, and the right of victims to say no to something that a prisoner wanted.
With the massive police force in this country, at least one in every city, one in every county, overlapped by one in every state, and the FBI to cover the country, these women and men are dedicated to keeping the jails and prisons full of people who too often look like you and me.
Today there are jails and prisons owned by private people who form corporations. These corporate individuals buy a piece of land, build a building, and ask the government to send their prisoners to them to keep, house, and bed, for money.
LOCKUP shows the lives of men, women and children in startling detail. They are institutions dedicated to keeping them, and getting more of them to lock-up and keep locked-up. The question to ask yourself is how can I keep myself and my children away from them?
You can question your child to access if he or she is a candidate for lock-up or stardom as a career person. Start today. The time to start is now. The jailers are waiting. Their guys are like the bounty and Slave catchers of old days. That’s right, slave catchers and bounty hunters.
A slave catcher is self-explanatory. It really relates to an escaped slave. The bounty hunter is one who gets paid to catch an escapee. They deliver and get paid to put your body back in lockup, jail, or prison. Today he is either a bail bondsman or Police ofﬁcer.
There are options to stay out of jail, stay out of gangs and activities that lead to jail or prison. Miriam Wright Edelman writes in her book, The Measure of Our Success with a subtitle, “A letter to my children and yours.” Edelman, who was the ﬁ rst Black Woman Lawyer in Mississippi writes, “It is not easy for anybody to grow up, to craft a purposeful role in the world, and to discover God’s Will…”
GETTING OUT OF PRISON: The experts call it recidivism meaning that you go back to prison after you get out. Al Sharpton is quoted in Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow, saying, “We have gone from Plantations to penitentiaries describing young Black men who are targeted for criminal activities and lockup. Sadly to keep the prisons full, the system must keep the jail’s full which means they must lock them up and keep them locked up. Now the young Black men are out of jail and need a job, but they are now convicted criminals saddled with a criminal record. Now what?”
Below are twenty questions that may help you to discover whether your child is headed for a successful life or lockup:
- What do you think jail is like?
- How can you end up in jail?
- Who are your friends?
- What do your friends like to do?
- Do your friends do drugs? Drink alcohol? Smoke?
- What does drugs do to your body?
- Who are your enemies?
- What are all the dangers you should watch out for?
- What do you think about school?
- Why do you go to school?
- Do you have a career goal?
- If you don’t achieve that goal, what is your Plan B? Plan C?
- What are the types of jobs you can get without a high school education?
- What are the types of jobs you can get with a high school education? College education?
- What are the jobs you don’t want?
- Can you name 5 successful men and 5 successful women?
- Why are they successful?
- Do you want a wife or husband? Kids?
- Are you sexually active?
- Are you using protection?
[For more, see my book, Strategies to give your Children a Jump Start to their Dreams “50+ Solutions to the Question ‘What to do to get your children back’”, which may be obtained from the Journal Ofﬁces]