I committed two unconscionable crimes. I deserved to be punished and I desperately needed help. I was lost in an almost inhuman haze of pain, craving and despair. Coming to prison saved my life and prevented me from hurting anyone else.
I am now 35 years old and have spent the last 17+ years in prison. I graduated from Ohio University and am seeking to complete a masters in Counseling or Social Work. My goal is to work with at-risk teens and those struggling with substance abuse issues, as I can relate to both.
I work as an electronics tech in Buckingham Correctional Center and have completed the state Electrical Apprenticeship. I also volunteer as a mentor in the Shared Allied Management (SAM) program, working with inmates suffering from mental health and medical issues as well as those at risk for predation in the prison system.
I have gotten clean and sober through a program of recovery and the support of family and friends. I am in regular contact with the psychology department here at BKCC. Also, for over a decade I have worked with James Yates, PhD, a Gestalt psychologist and 40-year practitioner of Zen meditation. More recently I have worked with a Presbyterian minister who emphasizes service and community participation.
I seek the opportunity to start a new life outside and continue to share the love and support that has been so freely given to me. I ask for your help.