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Get it uncut, uncensored, and in true form: This comes straight from the pen, literally and figuratively; many words that escaped the thick walls, bars and fences lined with rows of sharp and shiny razor wire, designed to slice and dig deep into the flesh of anyone who dares to cross the guard line to venture into the real world, beyond the horizon but difficult to reach.
The words contained inside this wave of the Deep Blue Web, provides readers with a peek into a part of life where millions of men and women found themselves chained and bound to a past, they wished to forget; other words give hope of better days, a better life.
And then there are those inside who drool upon remembrance of dirty deeds done that demanded payment with their lives. That is not me. I dream of one day living a respectable life as a free citizen, of one day being a productive member of society in penance of the damage I caused living the thug life. Prison experiences vary from prisoner to prisoner.
Welcome to life inside the American federal prison system. I express views from an open, honest, and straightforward perspective, with words flowing straight from the pen on diverse topics and issues that concerns the human experience.
In corrections, I am an inside expert and plan to effect a positive change in the criminal justice system. I began serving a thirty-five-year federal sentence of imprisonment on August 18, 1988, for Conspiracy to Commit Armed Bank Robbery, Armed Bank Robbery, Abduction of a Person to Facilitate Commission of an Offense and Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime of Violence.
I survived prison life to fight another day as a free man in a free society, America, home of the brave, land of the free.
On August 28, 2018, I walked out of the prison doors for the first time in thirty-years and ten days, without having cuffs on my wrists and shackles on my legs. Another chapter in life began when the doors opened, as I entered the arms of my loved ones who cared enough to come escort me from the prison to the halfway house in Atlanta, Georgia.
Though my body is free, a part of my mind remains chained to the life I left behind, after spending three decades of my life inside the insane world of incarceration. Love, patience, and tolerance will snap the chains binding me to the past.
Read ESSAYS & MORE STRAIGHT FROM THE PEN to learn more about the life that lead me to prison (https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/WayneMrDowdy).
These essays were first published by the cited source:
May 2013: Education, the Prisoner, and Recidivism
February 2014: Fighting for Rights to Write
August 2014: Social Media for Writers
Sept. 2014: Life from “F”s to “A”s
PrisonLawBlog (now Zoukis Prisoner Resources https://www.prisonerresource.com/)
October 2014: An Inside View of the Criminal Justice System
November 2014: The Truth About Incarceration, Part I
November 2014: From Where Do Writers Root