Friday, June 10, 2005

Learning the Hard Way

I was surprised when I saw someone I knew from Solano Prison in the jail. Eight months ago, he was getting ready to go home after being locked up for about three years and I was counseling him to change his life.

In his early twenties, this Asian youngster is married and has a daughter. His mom and little brothers and sisters visit him often in the prison. He promises everyone that he'll change after he gets out.

He says he did well the first month after his parole, then it has been bad since then. Now, he's facing five years for car theft. His family no longer accepts his calls, sends him money, or writes to him. When he goes to prison this time, he'll truly be on his own.

Prisons are full of young Asian males who didn't get it the first time or the second time. Everyone has his own pace to change his life. However, without family and community support, the road to transformation will be a tough one.

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