Tag: jail

  • How to Give Up Giving Up – The Lexicon of success

    When I was facing eighteen years in prison for a string of felonies long enough to make an organized crime boss proud, I made a decision that would alter the course of my life forever: I was going to change. It’s not that I had a problem making decisions for myself before that time. I […]

  • New Year’s Eve without drugs or drinking alcohol?

    For many people all around the world, New Year’s Eve celebrations mean a lot of partying. Often, that partying includes drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and generally engaging in one last night of “things you’ll forget about” in the year that has passed. I know the ritual and I took part in it often. Hell, the […]

  • Addiction stories: How I recovered from my addiction to crystal meth

    By the time I was done with my addiction to crystal meth, I had racked up 4 arrests, 9 felonies, a $750,000 bail, a year in jail, and an eight year suspended sentence to go along with my 5 year probation period. Though I think education is important to keep getting the message out about […]

  • Antisocial personality disorder – Drug policy and court mandated addiction treatment

    A recent study conducted by a group at the University of Maryland found that court-mandated addiction treatment is especially helpful for those with Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). Using 236 men, it was found the overall success for participants without ASPD was high (85%) whether the treatment was court mandated or not. However, for those with […]

  • Lindsay Lohan sentenced to 90 days in jail

    Well, I was hoping she’d avoid this, but maybe for Lindsay Lohan, like for me, it’s going to take a little jail-time to realize that screwing up royally isn’t as much fun as you thought it was. Lohan violated her probation terms multiple times and apparently couldn’t get herself out of this one. She’s going […]

  • Lindsay Lohan not drinking – cleared of false SCRAM bracelet alert

    Here’s a little follow-up to last month’s post about Lindsay Lohan: Lindsay Lohan’s SCRAM bracelet went off at an after party for the MTV Movie Awards on June 6, leading authorities to believe she had violated her probation and consumed alcohol. Lindsay was ordered to come in at 10AM the next morning for a urine […]

  • Addiction stories: Alcohol, marijuana, crime, and John’s life

    The following story was shared by a young reader. I was first drawn to it because it mirrored mine to a large extent. Fortunately, John decided to pull out before he let his life go down as far as I allowed myself to go. For that, and for his courage in sharing his story, I applaud him. John’s […]

  • California prisoner release – Is Sheriff Baca’s fear justified?

    The notion of releasing some 40,000 California prisoners to relieve overcrowding is milling around Sacramento and now, the Supreme Court. Okay, it’s more than a notion, it’s a law, but it’s being held up for the moment, so let’s see what happens. The prisoners being discussed would be the lowest risk inmates, and as you […]

  • Criminal health care – Why we should care.

    For most people, the discussion of health care within the prison system is a philosophical one. Not for me. Inmate health care is a disgrace While in jail, I got to see the conditions firsthand. I saw the guy coughing his lungs out for days asking deputies to send him to the infirmary only to […]

  • Crystal meth and cocaine, Agassi and Gasquet- The reality of drug use in our society.

    After Andre Agassi’s recent confessions in a tell-tale book about his use of crystal meth during his playing days, Richard Gasquet, who recently made it to the Wimbledon semifinals has just tested positive for cocaine. He says he was contaminated with the drug when he kissed a woman who was using it.  Right. Unless the […]