Prisoners are persons whom most of us would rather not think about. Banished from everyday sight, they exist in a shadow world that only dimly enters our awareness. They are members of a "total institution" that controls their daily existence in a way that few of us can imagine. "[P]rison is a complex of physical arrangements and of measures, all wholly governmental, all wholly performed by agents of government, which determine the total existence of certain human beings (except perhaps in the realm of the spirit, and inevitably there as well) from sundown to sundown, sleeping, walking, speaking, silent, working, playing, viewing, eating, voiding, reading, alone, with others. . . ." It is thus easy to think of prisoners as members of a separate netherworld, driven by its own demands, ordered by its own customs, ruled by those whose claim to power rests on raw necessity. -- Justice William Brennan, dissenting in O’Lone v. Estate of Shabazz, 482 U.S. 342, 354-55 (1987).

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Home Sweet Home

I'm home. At last.

I have a LOT to post but I'm not going to post anything now except to say that my plan -- and it's only a plan -- is to add the posts I have been writing over the last month, including many in the last fews days as my release date approached and then go back over all the previous posts to edit for clarity, grammar, expression, etc. I then want to post an "update" comment to those posts reflecting on what I said at the time and whether I have anything to add or correct with the benefit of hindsight. Also, I can begin replying to the comments that others have posted as well as reply to emails that have been sent directly to me.

I hope to start tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Welcome Home. I am awaiting sentencing for white collar crime and reading your posts has been incredibly helpful. Look forward reading the new entries.

Anonymous said...

It is good to see RELEASED next to your name on the BOP website. Must be a relief. I look forward to certain details that you did not share due to legal advice which you may now be able to share freely since you have PAID your debt to the government.

Anonymous said...

Your old mentor have been an inspiration.

It was a pleasure working with you.

I am going to take a (somewhat long - My last day at the office is July 6th) parental leave but I'll contact you when I come back.

We'll chat.