This post was first written 3 years ago. It helps new readers to go back to the beginning. It helps to remind me how far we’ve come.

This blog has a story, like chapters in a book. To understand what happens to a life in prison you need to go to the beginning. If you don’t know the beginning then the end doesn’t mean as much. I have gotten so many thoughtful posts from people that brought tears to my eyes. 

There is a history that progresses. 2010 is the earliest posted, but there will be more going back to 2006 as our relationship began. But if you read only one post, it is like opening up a book in the middle and then closing it. Jamie’s life is worth reading about and it will open your eyes to our prison injustice system, prison politics and the fact there really is no justice in prison, or our police force.

There are many reasons why we have so many prisons stocked with so many black people, and now immigrants. It’s a sad story, a testament of how we treat people we feel threatened by for some reason. We used to send immigrants back across the border, but not anymore.  New prisons are now auctioned off to the highest bidder with the promise of an endless stream of inmates corporations can make money from imprisoning. Some businesses have closed up shop and relocated inside our prisons because inmate labor is so cheap.  Exploiting human beings is something American corporations figured out a long time ago.

This is why we have the prison population we do. It isn’t that blacks commit more crimes, or Hispanics have done anything worse than anyone else who lives here. Immigrants come here under the illusion they might survive here it easier than in their home country. We are all humans beings who want our families to be safe and fed. But we are having a hard time providing for our own families so they aren’t welcome in what is left of the land of plenty. But we can use them in other ways for profit. It is the American way. The perfect example of that is the slave trade, only the slave trade never ended. It just changed names.

Our prison system has a use for people who don’t have white privilege. Walking while black,  driving while black, and risking your life to come to this country is a good enough reason to fill the demand for prisoners needed by the prison industrial complex.  Every few days I see another video of the way our police force deals with the black community.  Taser and mace first.  Ask questions later, maybe.  The black population has a right to be very angry.  I am scared for two of my grandsons who I know will have to confront this.  I am white and they are black.  It is easy to be white and say you aren’t racist – until it enters your life.  Then you start to understand what generations of black people have always known.

I fight for this man you see below.  Fight to see the day when he is paroled, if he is ever paroled. I want him to have a fighting chance to have a life he was never allowed to have, from the day he was 16 and was put in juvy – a nine month sentence that lasted more than four years. This is a good man I have been writing to since he was in about a year and a half, and that started the end of 2006.  He deserves a chance to have a life and to help raise his son.  Please, please, share this blog with your own social media and help me, help him and my grandsons.

solitary confinement, Jamie Cummings, ad seg, behind glass visitation
Jamie Cummings in Prison Whites

Think of this as a serial. You can also follow it through email if you aren’t on WordPress. This way each new post shows in your inbox. On the right hand side if you scroll down you will find links that will take you off this site. They are links to websites with specific information. It could be about the juvenile population that is locked up, or about the elderly, or solitary confinement. They give you more information on different topics.

And you can subscribe to my newsletter ITFO. Each month is about different issues. Maybe the children inmates, medical issues, gay issues or reentry.

snoopy afalling asleep at typewriter, InSide Out,Inside the forbidden outside,Jamie Cummings,Sonni quick, Jpay,write letters to Jamie
I’ve done this many times!

When I began this blog it was because I wanted to find out why we only have 5% of the world’s population but imprison 25% of the world’s prisoners. Does our country have more criminals or do we make a strong effort to criminalize as many actions as we can, and give extremely long sentences for a reason? Those who seek power and money have turned our prisons into money making machines who exact cruel and unusual punishment on many of the slaves imprisoned. It has warped the way our country does business by letting businesses bid on contracts using inmates to manufacture items we use every day.

As you read you will begin to understand what kind of country we have become. This has been evident through much of our history, but has reached epidemic proportions. These American companies need to be made public so you can see who represents what the past plantations owners started. You would be shocked if you saw the list. Why pay someone even minimum wage when you can get it made practically for free.

I want to thank everyone so much for taking the time to leave the responses they have. It encourages me to keep writing.

Jamie’s story has been read in 135+ countries and that astounds me. It has truly made all of us one globe community. When Jamie gets out, sometime between now and 2023, he will be seeing a world greatly changed, with people who care about him and many who don’t. I believe something very positive will come of this and you will know you helped to do something that affected the life of another human being who will go on to affect many more. Thank You!

“The only legacy anyone can really leave behind when they leave this earth, is the effect they had on other people’s lives. That is what lives on. The making of that cause will have an effect on your own life.” A way of ‘paying it forward.’

Thank you, Sonni

 

37 thoughts on “I Want to encourage you . . . to take the time to read this . . . . . please

  1. I’m trying to figure out ways to help you. Difficult to do sense everyone is corrupted. Hopefully you can find something on “TOOL”S.
    By they way, do you think I was maybe, too over the top with my page, “Rude and Arrogant”? Just people get under my skin sometimes. Hard to deal with…..

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    1. Interesting topics. Definitely a few I’ve researched. Civil forfieture by cops – it’s really bad in Texas. They have even snatched kids away from parents and won’t return then until they sign a legal document giving them their belongings, even their car, and the whole police department and judge is in on it. I know it sounds crazy. This was happening in east Texas. But it happens everywhere. It supports especially small town law enforcement.

      There were other interesting title about the law for inmates after release. Thank you for thinking of me.

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    1. Yes, i would to do that very much. I would like to do a summary of the chapters in my book that I posted. Some general info on Jamie. I know it’s different from what you have already on your blog so let me know if that is okay. There are still things I want to read on your blog. You have a book(s) you have already published. i wan to go back to to that post and read about that. I have so much to learn. So while I learn while I keep writing. It’s a lot to keep up writing for two blogs and one manuscript and take care of all the other things that needs to be done in managing everything. I need a second pair of hands!

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        1. I have always enjoyed writing, often over having a dialogue, because when you try to speak an idea, the other person often doesn’t listen fully because they are trying to formulate a response. When you write, they can’t interject anything until they are done reading. I’ve done several projects in my life, but non with the scope of I want to do now. It becomes exciting when you have a dream and you see it unfold in your mind with the possibilities, knowing that only you have the possibility of turning it from a dream into a reality. I fortunately have the time to devote to it I didn’t have before. I don’t want this to be something I look back on in my life and say, “I wish I would have . . .”, because by then the opportunity is gone. I try to learn as much as I can from the experiences of others so I know I will be looking to you as one of those people. The people you come across in your life are there for a reason. It’s up to us to take advantage of the opportunity to find out why, or they just walk by like the many other people who walk past – unless you reach out and say, “Wait a minute. What did you just say?” So, nice to meet you Diana, while I was just glancing at blogs and picking out a few here and there to go back to their blogs and see what they they have to say.

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  2. Hi I am so happy I found your website, I really found you by error, while I was
    researching on Yahoo for something else, Anyways I am here
    now and would just like to say thanks a lot for a incredible post and a all
    round entertaining blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to look over it all at the moment but I have book-marked it and also added in your RSS
    feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep
    up the excellent work.

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    1. Thank you so much. I too, sometimes stumble on a blog by accident and so glad i did. I do hope to see you come back again. There is a book being written about Jamie Cummings life, InsideOut, and I just posted a random chapter again to give people an idea

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  3. This is one of the most powerful Intros I have read since I started blogging just over one year ago. The first thing I thought of as I began reading was that this should be a book (glad you’re working on it). I will take your suggestions on how to read the information you’ve written. I can tell just by a cursory glance that you’ve put a lot of work into this and I just know I will gain some insight. Already, while it doesn’t surprise me, I wasn’t aware of The Prison Industrial Complex. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Whenever I see the word prison, I want to read it – my best friend and mentor spiritually has passed away and was a Prison Minister. He did it Free even thought paid ones can preach as well. The inmates preferred my friend “Santos.” The prison here in IL has closed, (Statesville). I have stories so wonderful from him. I am looking forward to reading our blog, but reading your published book. Blessings, my dear friend.

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    1. Thank you, I’m touched. Really. In a prison it is hard to have hope. Even the strongest of people gets beat down in prison. Depression is rampant and hard to get into control if not caught. I have had people think I’m nuts. My own son says, “You have a strange hobby” hobby? My husband says, “once a loser, always a loser.” and won’t even let me talk about him. Oh no. That doesn’t affect me. I’ve been writing to Jamie for 9 years. No one is going to inflict their judgement on me about him. I know there is a reason why this is in my life. I have a journey to take and I’m only part way down they road. It’s been a wonderful fascinating journey. I have learned, If you are going to dream, you might as well dream big and have absolutely no doubt of the outcome. I have another motto I live by, “If you don’t like what I’m doing, then don’t watch me do it.” There are people who don’t understand why I do what I do, but that won’t stop me. I have to see this through.

      This is why I have to keep working on this book. I want it ready before his next parole hearing next year. I will get it published some how and I will get it to media someway and have his like count for something and for him to have enough money to live. His life is challenged by epilepsy, but that is an obstacle that can at least be controlled, but in here it’s hard. They have often skipped his meds. An inmate died recently because he wasn’t given his seizure medication.

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      1. Wow, this is a new twist, (epilepsy). Pondering this. Do you know if there is a minister there to teach what God’s words say? I cannot wait to read your book or to help you some how in some way. “Jesus said, forgive them for they know not what they do.” It also says to forgive 70/70 or by forgiving you also are forgiven. I am helping a homeless man as we speak. People think I am crazy. To each there own. If your husband stayed with you that might be a good thing, if he did not that too might be a good thing. Either way, when God opens one door you are to go through it and see it through. Bless you keep in touch. !Jackie

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        1. Hi Jackie, I think it’s great that you are trying to help someone that probably has no one else. This man isn’t in prison though, is he? Just be careful if you don’t know him very well, especially if it involves giving him money. Help with food and encouragement, but with homeless it also involves drug and alcohol addiction and they ended up losing their homes because of that. I’m sure you probably already know this.

          Jackie, I am Buddhist. Many of the same things are taught in both faiths, except we don’t add the dimension of their being some kind of higher power that does things, wants things, controls things. It also does not say there was not a man named Jesus who lived. Actually the ages i2 twelve to 32 that no one in the bible knows where he was, there is record of him being in India studying, so much of what he taught came from Buddhism teaching. Christians don’t want to recognize that because it goes against their theory that every word came from God. Actually, in either faith, if a person actually puts into practice in their life what is actually taught they would be a better human and then we’d have a better world. Your statement or forgiving and then you are forgiving, is the concept of the law of cause and effect. You also call it “You reap what you sow” but most people never really think about that one to much unless it is something being done to them. I do have a husband of 15 years but he really doesn’t encourage me with the work I do for Jamie. he unfortunately thinks that once a loser, always a loser and doesn’t understand not everyone has a criminal mind. Sometimes you just plan make a mistake. Time will tell. I hope that you keep making those good causes – it will come back to you as good effects!

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          1. My friend whom was homeless, a vet, got housing and I also quit a job where I use to bible study with him and let him sleep. I was told he no longer is welcome in the store nor I basically. Either way, life is good. I love to stop here and keep up to date, love your new blog

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            1. I hope your friend is ok. Ultimately we are all responsible for the messes we make in our lives. We can help and give guidance but it’s up to us to put it into practice. And thank you for your very kind words.

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    1. Thanks so much for the fast reply. I had never seen that on any other blogs. I have 92 countries that have come to one of my blogs which is amazing. It makes the world reach so attainable and not so far away.

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    2. I did, with a bit of struggle figure out how to get the link onto my sidebar using a widget. i wish they could’ve enabled all the flags I have but i guess it starts at the time you apply it. What a great tool to have. I haven’t seen it on any other sites. Others might like to use it, too.

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