‘…Becoming a real person again takes time. There isn’t a Blue Fairy who can wave her wand and make it happen overnight. Finally, though, a year and a half after my release, today I realized that I once again feel like a real person. It’s not any one thing in particular, but a series of things that have slowly fallen in to place. I write for some local newspapers and meet all sorts of town supervisors and mayors – and they actually respect me. I have an editor that is at least somewhat reliant on my work to put out the paper every week. Sometimes, when I meet people, they actually tell me they’ve been looking forward to meeting me after reading my writing. Last week, I interviewed the captain at the jail where I did about half my sentence – and he actually asked me to do something for him, to cover an award that he thought needed some press. I’ve actually been asked to dog sit – people trust me with other life forms. I don’t have to ask people for rides everywhere – I finally got a license and am allowed to drive. Today, somebody actually contacted me about a speaking engagement. People actually want to read and hear what I have to say – and now when I talk to them, I don’t see that look in their eyes. I have people who trust me, people who rely on me. I have actual responsibilities beyond keeping my cell in compliance and making curfew. Sometime when I was busy trying to make it from one day to the next, the Blue Fairy came along and did her magic – and I’m finally a real person again.’
As is (hopefully) self-evident from the title, this is the homepage for my memoir, entitled IV League. In December 2010, during my senior semester at Cornell University, I made national headlines when I was arrested with almost 6 ounces of heroin initially (if somewhat erroneously) valued at $150,000. Now, almost 3 years later, I’m sober, out of prison, and in the process of finding an agent for my memoir about my experience with addiction, sobriety, higher education (no pun intended), and the criminal justice system.
Top 10 Correctional and Crime News Events of 2013
Last year was a big year for calling attention to the justice system and prison reform. Of course, attention doesn’t always result in change and even when it does happen, change never seems to come quickly enough. Like any other year, 2013 was full of gross miscarriages of justice and egregious missteps by the system. Thus, I bring — in no particular order — a list of some of the biggest news stories relating to corrections and crime from 2013.
EXCERPT/s FROM THE MEMOIRS OF KERI B.