Help!!!!!!! I met with the parole officer on Friday morning, not a very uplifting experience to be sure. I have until Tuesday to submit an Inmate Statement that goes along with a multi-page submission for each of the two or three parole board members I will meet with the third week of July.
The one really interesting part of this process is that most of the report is confidential to me. I can not see most of what they receive and in most cases do not even know if they receive anything. For example they contact the judge (he is retired now and maybe dead?) and the DA. The office can respond as opposed to the actual DA that handled my case and they can even contact my lawyer. I do not get to see what any of them say. Great, I am denied parole and I can not rebut what went into the decision.
I am enclosing the first two pages I finally managed to get typed this afternoon. What I can not find, and hope you can reach into your electronic archives is that great recommendation letter from way back when. I thought we (you and I) had worked with it since I came to New York State, but an admittedly quick search through the hundreds of pages in my files, plus the miscellaneous files failed to turn it up.
Unless I am losing my mind, we did work with it and you put a slightly modified copy of it on the blog. So PLEASE if you can put your hands on a copy without too much delay send me a couple copies of it ASAP. On the one hand ice cubes in hell will last longer then my chance at parole, but I thinking submitting a two word statement, which would at least guarantee my rejection, I need to put something together, My hope is just to provide an opportunity if the board members want to seem to put an effort in, that yes there is more to me than the criminal bastard.
The parole office made no secret of the fact that the initial conditions of my release will be many, and tough, and at this point I will be going back to the county where I used to live to serve my parole. I am not allowed to have a computer (Internet or not) or cell phone without first earning a hell of a lot of trust from my parole officer. That is what the whole thing is going to boil down to, what I can do to convince my parole officer that I am a different man. Pretty neat trap though. Put a 53 year old man out in the public and take away his ability to earn a living.
Welfare here I come.
I am having a really hard time with this whole experience (parole). Hope you can find that letter and send it to me fast. Thanks in advance.