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Elijah Joubert's Profile
Age: 38
Location: TX
Total Blog Entries: 3
Inmate Blog Entry:Monday, January 30 2017
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DIALOGUE WITH ELIJAH TITLE: WHY ARE WE AFRAID OF TRANSITION?

We develop habits, characteristics and flaws due to the environment we’re raised in. The things we see on a daily basis are what becomes the norm for us in our lives. In that world and the life you’re living, sometimes we’re not aware that some things are actually wrong or even bad for us. Because we see these things too much and they happen very often around you, it becomes acceptable and normal. It’s as if it’s natural and also instinctive in our minds and reactions. The negativity, violence, crime, poverty, drugs and disunity but as we get older we become wiser and start wanting better for ourselves. We fear what we don’t know and reject what we don’t understand in life. Most people want to change but they fear change because change takes us out of our element and comfort zone. We have to change our mentality, behavior, habits and flaws, we just don’t want to give up things that we’re used to and comfortable with. Because we know those things and they come so naturally. I’m here to tell you, nothing stays the same in life, everything changes or transition. If it happens too late then it won’t blossom or take on its full effect. Transition is a work of progress because it won’t happen overnight but the first steps to transition is determination and discipline. Because you must have self control to face life’s adversities on your journey to transition. I can’t tell you that I’m a changed man but what I can tell you is that I’ve changed a lot. I’ve changed a lot about who I am, and who I want to become. I’m still a work in progress myself, but I’m no longer afraid or fear transition.

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Joseph Taubman's Profile
Age: 54
Location: CA
Total Blog Entries: 4
Inmate Blog Entry:Monday, February 6 2017
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Today I’m just going to reflect on the state of the criminal justice system. Ah, another disgruntled inmate complaining about “the system” – how unique and unheard of! I’ll, however, give you a clear example of how rigged our system is between rich defendants and the poor defendants. Our Supreme Court has ruled that indigent defendants are entitled to counsel during their direct appeal after conviction. In California that means the California Appellate Project assigns an attorney to your case even if you represented yourself in trial. You cannot refuse this counsel and you cannot represent yourself in your direct appeal. I know because I tried and was denied this right – even though 95% of the counsel appointed do not do a competent job. So, across the country, each state Must supply counsel for indigent defendants for their direct appeal. But once the state denies this direct appeal and the indigent defendant files his appeal in the Federal Court – He Is Not Given Counsel! Our Supreme Court currently says a defendant has the constitutional guarantee for counsel in the state level for his direct appeal but No Right in any Federal Court for the same appeal! Many lawyers currently provide services for Federal review but only the rich defendants can utilize them. Finally, it should be noted, only 1-3% of all writs filed in Federal Court are granted. Not very surprising, is it? How fair is it that a constitutional right only applies to the individual States and not the Federal courts? I’m curious – where are you? I’m, as always, welcoming and answering all who respond – but I do wish I could hear from the woman who seeks stimulating conversation and loyalty, the one who is open to finding something real yet outside the box. Write me – I’m waiting…

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Brian Berry's Profile
Age: 39
Location: OR
Total Blog Entries: 2
Inmate Blog Entry:Tuesday, February 7 2017
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LIFE CHANGES

I came to prison in 2010 and had a decision to make: waste away for 10 years, continuing down a path of self-destruction, destroying relationships and hurting the people that I love or use that time to accept where I was, look deep into my soul, identify and learn from my past mistakes and flawed thinking and steer my life in a positive direction forever. It’s 7 years later and I thank God that I chose to change my life and learn to help others in need instead of wasting away. I started my transformation by thinking of and helping others. I spent 5 years working in the prison infirmary learning to help others in need of daily care. This was challenging and rewarding at the same time. I am now a full time hearing helper for a friend of mine. I also donate my time as part of the prison hospice program. Nobody deserves to die alone. Every day I reflect upon what led to my failures in my life and what I should have done differently, so that it never happens again. With God’s word and thought, I have a good foundation to build a new life by the renewing of my mind and healing from the inside out. I want people to see the new person I am. When the time is right, I hope to have the opportunity to heal broken relationships from my past.

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Pete Russell's Profile
Age: 44
Location: TX
Total Blog Entries: 1
Inmate Blog Entry:Monday, February 13 2017
Inmate Blog Category:Friends
VALENTINE'S DAY

I have a special announcement to make to all the beautiful women around the world: I would like to say ~~“Happy Valentine’s Day to You!”~~ I hope that your significant other will take advantage of this special occasion and spoil you rotten with lots of candy, flowers, a candle-lit dinner, and lingerie...I would! Hi, my name is Pete Russell. In my 43 years of living I’ve faced trials and tribulations just like everyone else. I’ve learned some hard lessons, and they weren’t always viewed as lessons all the time. As the result of stubbornness, it took me a couple of times to put things in perspective. The man I am today has a lot of time to think. To analyze. I believe that everyone we encounter in our lives is for a reason. Negativity breeds negativity, so I try to surround myself with positive energy, and positive people. Question: Is it “taboo” for a man and a woman to be true “friends”? I believe that is where truly inspiring energy comes from. Man and woman are naturally bonded, and there’s nothing like a woman’s perspective. It is a perspective that I would genuinely appreciate in my life. To have that type of friend creates a drive, feeds you spiritually, and motivates you to keep pushing. That is the missing puzzle piece in my life right now. If I said something that sparked an interest, please feel free to write me back. I’m waiting for your letter! Sincerely, Pete

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John Kujath's Profile
Age: 54
Location: TX
Total Blog Entries: 1
Inmate Blog Entry:Monday, February 13 2017
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For Sale... Kujo, One Bad Dog! I picked up this nickname from my last name. (Cujo/Kujath). I’ll lay down and let you rub my belly and scratch behind my ears if you want. Still not too old to learn a few new tricks along the way. Loyal: Won’t bite (much) too hard most times (smile). Just looking to make a few new friends, that’s all. I know I was bad, so now I’m in the dog house. Sooo, if you have a few free moments today to stop by the pound to look for a new friend, even if he does have fleas. I promise not to make a mess on your floor or hump your leg. What do you say? How about you toss me a bone and see if we can’t be friends. (Woof) Remember: In a Dog Eat Dog World….. Bad Dogs Rule!

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Jesse Guthrie's Profile
Age: 26
Location: IL
Total Blog Entries: 3
Inmate Blog Entry:Monday, February 13 2017
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LOVE VS. HATE

In a world full of hate do we have the capabilities to love anymore?? I mean the world is so different and people are equally peculiar. Let’s look at the things that are easy to distinguish, we’ve got sex, race/skin color, and people with so-called abnormalities. Wait! There’s more…Less subtle differences like religion, sexual preferences, political views and personality traits. These are the walls that separate us, the walls that promote hate and exclusion, one and the same as the very wall that “someone’s” propaganda has mentally constructed with promises to physically build between Mexico and the U.S. Or even the proverbial wall “people” put up to block incoming Syrian refugees, the women and children that literally have no place to go, no place to call home. This is what our world has come to, we don’t understand so we hate and we hate because we don’t understand. Instead of acceptance and knowledge we have ignorance and exclusion. Let’s try focusing on our similarities rather than our differences. For instance – the simple fact that we’re all DIFFERENT! Get over it, it’s not gonna change, besides acceptance is the answer for a better world. To further these disgusting views of abhorrence is not only unacceptable but there’s not anything good that can come from it…Promote love and renounce Hate!

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Brandon Horak's Profile
Age: 23
Location: WI
Total Blog Entries: 1
Inmate Blog Entry:Wednesday, February 15 2017
Inmate Blog Category:Life


Life is but a game in which we are all forced to play. Sometimes we make mistakes, but it's those who work through them with us that help us to get back on our feet. Someone once said that "concrete walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage!” Our minds can often be the worst prison in which one can live. But with the help of a few kind words, we can be pulled from those prisons and into our own little Utopia.

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DeMarcus Sears's Profile
Age: 46
Location: GA
Total Blog Entries: 5
Inmate Blog Entry:Monday, February 20 2017
Inmate Blog Category:
DEAR INTERESTED PEN PALS

Hey, hey friends :)…I now have my very own personal digital tablet for social interaction with any/all upon my approved email (contact list)…To be added onto my email contact list??? Simply: 1. Log on to “jpay.com”, establish an “email exchange account” with jpay (as!? this is THE ONLY way to exchange emails, photo attachments and/or videograms with me, here on Georgia’s Death Row)…2. Specifically register and request to be added onto the “Email contact list of “Georgia Death Row Prisoner DeMarcus Ali Sears GDC# 0000762415”…3. Download the FREE “Jpay App” onto your wireless device (this will allow you to create and send me videograms: FYI…all photo attachments MUST be attached to an email in order for me to receive them here on Georgia’s Death Row…4. Once you’ve successfully completed the registration process, your name will appear on my “Email contact list”: Whereupon I will send you an email to let you know you and I are now digitally connected and free to exchange emails at leisure…Hope to hear from and email you soon!??? Ciao, ‘til next, friends…As ever “De” a.k.a. Mr. DeMarcus Ali Sears

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Mario McClain's Profile
Age: 34
Location: NJ
Total Blog Entries: 6
Inmate Blog Entry:Tuesday, February 21 2017
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What’s up write a prisoner fam. I’m sitting here in my zone just coasting, you know. I got my TV on but it’s watching me instead of me it. Tonight’s one of those nights I guess…I don’t know if it’s because of the phone call with my family I had earlier that’s getting to me but it damn sure is something. Everybody keeps asking me how I’m doing and telling me to be strong and I think that is what grinds my gears LOL. I’m good! I’m easy like Sunday morning. I don’t even think about my situation because it doesn’t exist to me. Of course I’m away from family and friends but so are soldiers when it’s war…so are traveling business men…so are people who are away at college. Feel me? This is nothing but a vacation in an all too familiar place that I should be leaving on the next available red eye. Everything is great and I’m enjoying the view. Really, I am. I’m a realist. I know that once I do leave my little get away, it’s work, work, work. That’s all life ever is and it’s wonderful. I have associates, friends and family and it’s all love. How could it not be? Don’t I got the best street team ever holding down the fort? Don’t I live like a king, thanks to all the above? (Shout out write a prisoner street team) (Shout out to my entourage) too many to name. Don’t I inspire the deepest thoughts? Last but not least, isn’t Elvis still the king? … my point exactly… All those who feast with me at my round table have crowns and thrones and the love itself is royalty LOL. If you’re wondering the meaning of these benign words…all you need to do is reflect on my next six words…To live doesn’t mean you’re alive…

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Tiiyon Byrd's Profile
Age: 26
Location: IL
Total Blog Entries: 1
Inmate Blog Entry:Wednesday, March 1 2017
Inmate Blog Category:Life


Life is a journey that we all must travel through. Some of us spend the majority of our lives experiencing hardship with sometimes no sight of relief. I used to think that, that was an excuse to view things in a negative light. There are so many distractions in this world that help to contribute to unhappiness, I just wish we all had the strength to see through it. Life only happens when you experience struggle. Struggle is a tool that’s made to give you drive, an understood purpose. I was once in a place where the future seemed non-existent. Negative thoughts sometimes outweigh the positive, and before you realize it your entire life is consumed by negativity. I am truly blessed to be able to say that, that is no longer a concern of mine. People as individuals need to learn how to appreciate and find the beauty in the small and simple thing in and of life. I know for some people that’s more easily said than done, but I can assure you that it’s not impossible. It all begins with taking a little time to learn yourself, and figuring out what it is that makes you happy. I just want to do what I can to encourage “everyone” to find something to smile about. Even if you have to be goofy with yourself while you’re alone to produce a smile, do it! There are some people in this world that seem to forget that we only have one life to live. It would be a sad waste if you didn’t at least try to make the most of it. We all need to love ourselves, as well as everyone else!

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