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Mario McClain's Profile
Age: 34
Location: NJ
Total Blog Entries: 6
Inmate Blog Entry:Friday, April 29 2016
Inmate Blog Category:Youth
GANG VIOLENCE

Hello, I would like to address the importance of helping today’s youth overcome the perils of gangs and gang violence. As a notable ex-gang member myself, I have experienced the brutal and utter dark side of “colors”. From being shot, stabbed, and watching my childhood friends disappear to the grave and the belly of the beast, “jail”. That is destined to be thee exact fate of our youth without proper awareness. For me as a young adult in hindsight, I had every opportunity to run the streets but also had people in my corner that wanted the best for me but… it wasn’t enough. It is said that it takes 2 people to make a child but a “WHOLE VILLAGE” TO RAISE ONE. Do you understand the implications of that statement? It means we have to be active and hands on in the upbringing our stray lion cubs to prevent the rise of generation after generation of senseless bloodshed. These young lives matter and deserve the chances that a lot of us didn’t get. It is a fact that proper planning prevents poor performance. Speak up, Speak out. Be active. Please see the community program “crimefreekids.com” Own you future.

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Nicholas Sena's Profile
Age: 33
Location: CA
Total Blog Entries: 1
Inmate Blog Entry:Monday, May 2 2016
Inmate Blog Category:


In 2003 an impressionable, lost and misguided young kid was arrested in Los Angeles for murder. I’d never been a bad person, just made bad choices that in my warped mind state felt cool or somehow “right”. It didn’t take me long to realize that the path I was on wasn’t who and what I am as a human being. In 2006 I decided to dedicate my life to my passion for the martial arts sciences. Soon I’d codified my own system of combatives I coined “Muay Sena” and wrote lengthy treatises on the martial arts. Even under the crushing weight of a 94 year sentence I lived each day with hope, positivity and determination and pursued my goals relentlessly. At times the psychological pressure of facing forever in a concrete box with no hope of freedom made it difficult to remain upright, let alone push forwards, yet I always rose and remained true to my potentials, talents, intelligence and goodness of heart. My journey has seen many people come and go, often taking a small part of me with them, however even 7 years of solitary confinement was unable to steal my essence, my tumultuous and singular life has forged me in its crucible to a man of indomitable resolve, determination, wisdom and strength as well as compassion. The child who was confined in a cocoon of gangsterism and prison has shed those ignorant and restricting silks and emerges a man with wings of steel and a will to soar beyond my past mistakes. While some will prejudge and shun me for a past I can’t change and base their opinions and perceptions of me not on who I am but rather where I am, I am inspired by those who possess the wisdom and understanding to appreciate how hard I’ve worked and how far I’ve come to be the man I am today. Today the top grand masters of both Muay Thai Boran and Gracie Jiu Jitsu embrace me, are like fathers to me. This support reinforces my determination to realize my dreams of greatness. After living for 12 years with almost no hope for freedom other than appeal, a law has passed that guarantees I will be set free as soon as next year! My life has remained structured around growth and self-development with training of body and mind keeping me on my righteous path. By: Kru Nick Sena

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Jesse Cantu's Profile
Age: 40
Location: TX
Total Blog Entries: 1
Inmate Blog Entry:Wednesday, May 4 2016
Inmate Blog Category:Prison Life
LONLINESS

~~Message in a Bottle~~ “Someone can hurt you more than you deserve because you loved them more then they deserved.” I do not know who you are, but I know nobody in the world should feel they are not worth the love and companionship every mortal yearns for. We each have a desire to love and to be loved. Whether you are as free and beautiful as a bird or caged and scarred as a beast…Love is the one thing that makes us feel alive again and gives us hope for tomorrow. You may not be trapped behind iron bars, your walls may not be made of concrete and your bed may not be as cold and heartless as steel but deep down we both “know” the prison I live in can be called a fairy tale, compared to the one you’re in. If anyone knows the pain and anger that comes with betrayal, it is the man writing these words on paper. If anyone knows the sadness and emptiness that comes with having their heart ripped out and stomped on it, is the man behind this ink. If anyone is out there who can relate…I want you to know, even though it feels like it…You’re not alone. Everyone say love hurts, that’s not true. Loneliness hurts, rejection hurts, losing someone hurts, betrayal hurts. Everyone confuses these with love, but in reality, love is the one thing in this world that covers up all the pain and makes us feel wonderful again. To some reading these words, I might just be down the road. To others, it could be 100’s of miles. There may even be a few who can only be reached by sea. But to all, this is my “message in a bottle”. I’m only a letter away. ~~~ Because of Love, Jesse Cantu

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Derrick Loving's Profile
Age: 37
Location: KY
Total Blog Entries: 1
Inmate Blog Entry:Monday, May 9 2016
Inmate Blog Category:
SECOND CHANCES

“Second Chances” Have you ever passed up on a book because you didn’t like the cover or title, then read it later, and enjoyed it? See you judged a book by its cover. Well that’s how I feel. Being judged by my crime, but once you get to know me, you don’t see a criminal or prisoner, you see a person who made a mistake, you see bad things on paper, about us, not how we have changed, like our college degrees, bible study, book clubs, self- help classes, trades talk to kids on bad paths, bullying program. How clubs in here raise money for cancer and kids who can’t afford school supplies. I lost myself and ended p in here, but I’ve grown a lot in here. I feel if you don’t try, then you fail, I want people to see the pages of me, not the cover. You can email me at www.Jpay.com to share your thoughts. “True Friend” A person can hear, But a friend listens for the meaning A person can look, but a friend sees the heart A person can know But a friend understands your dreams Thank s for “Listening”, “seeing”, and “Understanding” Thanks for being a “friend”.

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Ivan P. Wynn's Profile
Age: 52
Location: NJ
Total Blog Entries: 2
Inmate Blog Entry:Tuesday, May 17 2016
Inmate Blog Category:
LET’S STOP THE SCHISM AND HATE!

Let’s Stop The Schism and Hate! The schismatic reality that encompasses the world today, is truly repulsive to me. It makes no sense to me! The human anatomy is remarkably the same minus any genetic abnormality. Sometimes we must ask questions to arrive at the precipice of truth and enlightenment. Who benefits from humanity schismatic consciousness? I firmly believe if we eradicate the schism and hate in the world we then can advance our true potential. Humanity’s realized potential far succeed anything today we see in science, technology, medicine, architecture or even space travel. Men and women today we have a responsibility to leave a legacy of cohesiveness and edification and peace to our children. Love can truly be the panacea for all the world’s shortcomings. Why can’t human life matter? Why is race that one thing that divides us? When I look at another individual I see a human being. I’m blinded by love for all humanity, that race is no factor. That’s my main prayer for God, that all humanity will wake up one day blinded by unconditional love. We can come together collectively and eradicate the schism that plagues this world. Wasted potential and no imagination is truly the travesty we plan on leaving our children. We must leave our children the consciousness of unlimited possibilities. We must leave them the love of a unified humanity. Do you think this is possible? I know all things are possible with God. May you be blessed in all your potential!

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DeMarcus Sears's Profile
Age: 46
Location: GA
Total Blog Entries: 5
Inmate Blog Entry:Wednesday, May 18 2016
Inmate Blog Category:
LIFE AFTER OPPROBRIUM (THE UN-PERSON)

Life After Opprobrium (The Un-Person) Through a system/process called “Dehumanization”, once formally arrested, tried & convicted of what’s legally defined as being a “Serious Violent Felony” – one is stripped of virtually all previous Civil Rights, re-classified as being “civilly-dead” and/or as being an “un-person”, then subsequently legally relegated and corralled into 2 bullied social state of perpetual sub-human, sub-standard existence called “Prison Life”… Officially, persecution IS NOT a part of one’s actual sentence (nor a part of any official terms of confinement). Yet all too often, as a civilly dead living human being you’re perceived and treated as being “prey” by a heartbreaking many (though not all) of Law Enforcement, Department of Corrections, Food Service, and Mental/Medical Health Care Service Provider workforce “professionals”…. Callous indifference, casual larceny, verbal abuse, vandalism, curtness, obvious/open hostility, deceit, peremptoriness, sophomoric, puffery, and malign retaliatory practices are, sadly, fairly common-placed socio interactive norms employed by the bulk of said encountered embittered separatist natured hearts, minds, and should currently composing today’s February 27th 2016 Law Enforcement and Department of Corrections workforce community…..Prison Guards (for example) tend to be nothing more/less than malevolent, mean mouthed high school bullies with police badges….In short, they practice what’s called “schadenfreude (N: 1895: enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others)” While, simultaneously claiming, feigning and/or pretending to be governed and guided by a higher purpose; “Courage, Dedication and Professionalism” (according to the Georgia D.O.C.’s mission statement). Hence, the old adage “A tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny” reads fairly true, and is further evidenced on A HYPER DAILY BASIS within the maltreatment constantly experienced while living within the sub-world reality that is in fact “Prison Life”….The bullies/bullying workforce and their obvious hypocrisy(ies), double-talk, new speak, red tape head games, and general retaliatory evil mindedness toward prisoners – is omnipresent. And likely not to end (given the specific fact that most encountered currently in relative job positions of relevant authority throughout “The Prison Reform System” operate as mere tepid, stiff necked, closed minded passe’ reactionaries, pseudo humanitarians, pseudo reformers, and/or po-faced poseurs unwilling and/or unable to be and/or bring about the meaningful “pro-active positive change” they claim they wish to see within the minds and behavior of prisoners, un-persons and/or the civilly dead… That being said…. As a self motivated positive minded Death Row Prisoner seeking genuine reform, it is YOUR responsibility to NOT succumb to the inviting lull of immaturity, mean mindedness, hatred, and self-defeating counter productiveness…., It is your responsibility (to yourself) to learn how and why to healthily love and care about yourself….It is your responsibility to yourself and loved ones to NOT fall prey to the foibles, vulnerabilities, and baseness of your own individual human ego… It is, both your remaining human right and need to accurately understand/master and emancipate your individual human ego from the metaphysical trappings of mental slavery: As a prisoner; as a mature adult; and as a living human being…. It is your surviving Civil Right, responsibility to yourself, and your personal option to take the time and initiative to observe (whilst amid alllll the distracting madness that is “Prison Life”) that there does exist a viable opportunity for “Life After Opprobrium”: The first meaningful steps toward which beginning with is 1. Olde School hard- nosed/unfiltered critical self- analysis, 2) Taking personal accountability, 3) The abandonment of the practice of displacing blame for one’s own poor behavior and/or approbriousness…. The option of a new life begins with the demise of one’s own outre’ and/or socially maladaptive/maladjusted ways (a.k.a., “Life After Death”), you guys….. There is an appropriate time/season for all things (self-reflection, self-assessment, self-improvement included: SEE, Ecclesiastes Chapter 3/vrs’s 1 thru 8….) My purpose for composing and submitting this specific literary piece (after now over 25 years of physical imprisonment) is to simply say: At all times (before, during, and after criminal conviction) you reserve the human right to dream of, to strive for, and to effectuate and/or secure a better version of yourself (as both a prisoner….and living human being)…. As Ever, “Mr. DeMarcus Ali Sears”

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Marcus Makulski's Profile
Age: 33
Location: MI
Total Blog Entries: 1
Inmate Blog Entry:Saturday, May 21 2016
Inmate Blog Category:Life
HELPING PEOPLE

“The Forgotten People of Michigan” ~~~ What is our future? I have a future and I believe I will be great. I believe in love, loyalty, family, friends and trust. My vision is to help people that are lonely, voiceless, and feel that the world has left them behind. Me and Minez are building a movement and a voice that’s getting louder and louder. I’m more than a picture. I’m a man with a Dream. I will love and care for all those that want to be part of my life. I believe everybody is important. Everybody deserves a good friend. I believe in my heart and soul that you must try and push all the potential out of your family and friends. Love is more than a gift, it’s a responsibility to make sure I’m putting my friends in a position to win in life. What’s going on in Flint, Michigan, with the water is horrible. So you see how Governor Snyder treats free poor people. Imagine how his treating prisoners that’s locked down in Michigan. But if you think we are going to let anybody keep us down, you’re sadly mistaken. We are fighters, looking to build with people that believe in us. If you take that chance and write me, I will make you smile. I will bring a beautiful voice to your life and let you know I believe we all can be great. Even if you don’t write me, you will hear about me later because I’m pushing my vision and I will be great. We all need to get behind the people in Flint. With great power comes great responsibility. We have to fight for those people.

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Steven Curry's Profile
Age: 33
Location: IL
Total Blog Entries: 2
Inmate Blog Entry:Tuesday, June 7 2016
Inmate Blog Category:Friendship
TAKING A CHANCE

Personal thoughts to the person that’s able to grasp the message in my words. To love is to risk not to be loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure. But the biggest risk that many of us take in life are none at all. True statement for the person that’s out there in society looking to meet someone who’s not ashamed to display his imperfections. Then I’ll end up becoming someone that you’ll end up valuing and becoming comfortable with within because I don’t judge, criticize, or make anyone out to feel as though they’re an outcast. In this new era that we live in, I believe that your tired of coming across “image chasers”, people who live their life in falsehood and speak in lies with their false advertisement and if that be the case, give me the opportunity to feed you my thoughts, experiences, and a piece of myself on pen and paper because not only am I an authentic person but just like comparing me to fresh fruit. I am capable of bringing health, strength, and taste to your life. Keep in mind that through my short comings and bad decisions that I’ve made in life, I still consider myself to be a man of great value. I know that with so much that’s going on in your life you’re in need of an “out-let”, especially when it comes to opening up to someone about something that’s important to you, rather it be concerning your past, present, or future plans. I want for you to personally know that the trust will never be violated. I will view your thoughts, like I do you, as being someone of great value and thoughts that are precious. Like I mentioned to you in the beginning of my introduction, if you believe in taking chances and have good intentions, willing to communicate on the results, and are honest with yourself, just as displaying the same traits with men, then I believe that within time we’ll become “emotionally attached” to each other because I don’t keep it 100%, instead simple. I look forward to hearing from the person who my thoughts touches within. If you’re ready to be taken seriously and ready to have that void fulfilled in your life, then get at these motions because I have no problem viewing you as the person I seen when I look in the mirror.

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Anthony Blaylock's Profile
Age: 51
Location: CA
Total Blog Entries: 1
Inmate Blog Entry:Tuesday, June 14 2016
Inmate Blog Category:
CRAZY, STUPID LOVE

This is the description of a giant 6’1”, 275 pound teddy bear; loveable, huggable and enjoyable to know. If you are reading this, you must be a daring person seeking the type of adventure only I can give you. If you’re tired of struggling with frustration, depression and boredom that others bring to your life, look no further. Let me paint a picture of lunch at an ocean-side restaurant with music that is easy on the ears and wine ever so sweet to the tongue, followed by a leisurely stroll on horseback along the beaches of the Pacific West Coast, as the fresh scent of salt air fills our senses. Let me be your life-sustaining oasis of joy, love and adventure where you can ask the questions he’ll never answer and envision all the places he’ll never take you. Do you have what it takes to be mine? I’m strange bedfellows with the more adventurous side of life, I love all things outdoors from sports to jet skiing and hiking but do just as well indoors, I am looking for a woman that is likeminded as well as easygoing, down to earth, humble and God fearing, someone seeking out more in life, ready to learn new things and capable of sharing her feelings without reservation. If you are ready to build a world of fantasy where you have the power to make it reality, then get in touch. Sincerely, Anthony Blaylock

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Andrew Anderson's Profile
Age: 29
Location: IL
Total Blog Entries: 2
Inmate Blog Entry:Tuesday, July 5 2016
Inmate Blog Category:


Are We Super Predators Or Misunderstood Secretary Clinton has been confronted with comments she made in the 1990’s describing African Americans as super predators. She has since apologized. I still don’t understand why she apologized. True enough super predator is a harsh term however my actions from ages 13-17 fits Secretary Clinton’s terminology. Secretary Clinton’s choice of words shouldn’t be the problem. The problem is her failure to place herself in our shoes. I’m not trying to deny the Secretary or anyone else for that matter the right to judge us as they see us. I only want to challenge society to look at the world through our eyes in hopes that society will feel that same hopelessness and realize our actions are only a reflection of that hopelessness. Imagine being the second oldest child of a single mother. Imagine going to bed cold and hungry; now imagine your siblings going to bed cold and hungry. Imagine living without water, gas and electricity. Imagine 6 children sharing 2 packs of Ramen noodles. Imagine watching Repo men repossess everything you thought you owned, breaking your mother down to the point of tears because no matter how hard she works, she knows it’ll never be enough. Your goal in life becomes to ensure she never sheds another tear. Imagine a life of drugs, money, murder, ending with jail if you’re lucky or death, accepting those terms because even though you still feel hopeless, you no longer feel helpless. At 13 I felt that was worth dying for…Imagine! Andrew Anderson

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