I left behind the man I was in prison

January 31, 2017

I was in prison for 35 years. One count of third-degree burglary and four counts of second-degree burglary. I broke into a laundry mat. I had a deal with the owner and he was going to get the insurance money. I did burglarize the laundry mat, I had done it a few times before when he came to me about it, but I didn’t do the second-degree charges. I never burglarized a house in my life and I served time for something I didn’t do. I can’t be bitter because If I hadn’t done the first one, they never would have gotten me for the other ones. I was 17 when I went in and 52 when he was set free. Prison changed me. Before I went in, I didn’t care about anything. Now I care about me. When I got out, everything was new to me. I have a phobia about driving and don’t drive a car. I have been homeless for three years since I have been out. I am not complaining, I am free. There are no walls or bars and I can do what I want and don’t have to look over my shoulder. I can go where I want and I have never been able to do that, people take that for granted and don’t realize how blessed they are to have it. I lost touch with my family because of who I am. They expected me to come out a different way and I didn’t and they resent me for that. I love my son, but I a not going to beg him to be around me. I live in the woods in a tent and I am content. I would like to have more time with my family, a good job and my own place, but at least I am free. I am ADHD and ADD get distracted and it is hard for me to sit in one place. That is my most frustrating thing. I wake up at daybreak and move constantly. But I have peace of mind and serenity. Before I walked out of prison, I left the man I was there. I am a different man and never going back.”


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