June 11, 2011

New Writing from Wayne Shipman

by Wayne Shipman (author's profile)

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Date: June 5, 2011

Writings From Behind the Bars
with Wayne Shipman

As the federal courts did rule on the overcrowding in the California Prison System, it will still take years for anything to happen. As I have said in my blog, I have 25 years to life for "joy riding". Let me say that I am no angel, but I did not deserve a life sentence. I already have 13 1/2 years now, and I have made changes for the better this time.

Over the last few years, I have been taking different groups, trying to find out what is wrong with me. If I ever get another chance of freedom, I will surely not waste it. I want to work with young adults and kids in gangs and problems with the law. I believe that I could do a lot to help them.

Last year, I was elected Vice Chairman of the Veteran's Support Group here at Mule Creek State Prison. And over this past year, we have done a letter writing campaign for Operation Gratitude. On April 10, 2011, we did a run/walk for veterans, raising almost $1,700.00 for Operation Gratitude. My goal is continue to help our troops overseas and here at home.

If anyone has anyone has any ideas for our veterans' group to help our troops, please feel free to write me or blog me.

Respectfully,
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Wayne "Woody" Shipman
D-23057, 14-136L
P.O. Box 409060
Ione, California 95640

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LinqWise Posted 8 years, 5 months ago. ✓ Mailed 8 years, 5 months ago   Favorite
Hi Wayne

Can you tell me more about Operation Gratitude, please?

Kind regards

Marianne
The Netherlands

wildbillsis Posted 7 years, 11 months ago. ✓ Mailed 7 years, 11 months ago   Favorite
My question is whether doing the "right" thing in prison is really enough to turn their life around. Don't get me wrong, a life sentence for joy riding is ridiculous....but I feel that real rehabilitation should include making amends to ones past...not just building on ones future. It seems much easier to me to move past mistakes and hope to not repeat them than to face up to those mistakes and deal with the aftermath of my decisions. How many children follow in their parents footsteps to that same behavior? Too many. Are you doing the right things when dealing with those you victimized, hurt, or ignored as you do when reaching out to support strangers?

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