Just Us Or Just ICE: I'm 78 Years Old, Served 25 Years, Yet Denied Probation Release

Offenders get trapped in the system and struggle to get freedom. Giving inmates bogus charges is a common practice that they use to extend the oppression to after an inmate is released.


J.J served 25 years for a non-violent drug offense. He was 76 yrs. old when he was released. He wanted a chance to spend his final days traveling and visiting his family, so he wrote a letter requesting a probation release. His probation officer had encouraged him to write the letter, because he too felt that he was an ideal candidate for release.


THE TRAP

Giving inmates bogus charges is a common practice that they use to extend the oppression to after an inmate is released.


J.J. was denied probation by an Illinois judge, due to two bogus charges he received while locked up. Charges do not have to be initiated by the victim. They are placed on an inmates record by the Wardon, and used against the inmate after releas. During his time in prison, he was a good inmate that caught 2 bogus charges. One charge was because another inmate claimed a man by the same name as J.J., took cookies outside of a designated area. Though J.J. was not the correct person involved, inmates do not tell as a part of survival in prison. Regardless, eating cookies in the living room instead of the kitchen should not be an exaggerated offense that ends up on your record.


The other charge was due to his friend accidently receiving a small cut while playing an inmate prison game. As you can imagine, inmates create their own ways to cope, including playing games. Though there was no medical attention needed, no complaint by his friend, he received an assault charge, which labeled him a violent offender.


Now at 78 yrs. old he has 8 years probation. Probation is an easy gateway to ending up back into prison. While on probation you can receive a violation for simply coming into contact with a police officer, for drinking alcohol, not having a job, or for going out of town to visit family. After serving all of his years, having all of his property taken, he still must be oppressed by the system.

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