It’s 11:05, what are you doing?

I was driving down the road today and looked at the clock and it happened to be 11:05 in the morning. This is the time that the USDB conducts their scheduled count of all inmates. So many  people that I have shared the past years with are stuck in their respective cells possibly being told to stand up and touch their badge or harassed in some other way.

I chuckle and count myself lucky to be enjoying the scenery passing by my car window.


7 thoughts on “It’s 11:05, what are you doing?

  1. When I was in the DB, we had an inmate Goff escape in a laundry cart. He rode in a truck to Ft. Riley and was found a couple days later. He was discovered missing when they did the evening count. I was working in the mess hall and so we got stuck in there for a very long time until they could figure out who was missing.

  2. I am very happy that you got your parole. My son is still there. We were hopeful earlier this year but they turned him down. He met all of the conditions, but they said that he ‘hadn’t served enough time’. I have read all of your posts because it helped me feel closer to him. I wish you a safe and prosperous life.

    • “The deterrent and retributive part of your sentence has not been served.” This is what they told me when I applied for parole the first time. The second time I made parole but I regret taking it. I would have had only a couple of months left on my sentence. If I had completed my time and was released traditionally without parole, I would have had no record of having been in prison. In 1992 Nebraska did not recognize a UCMJ court-martial as a court of law. (Falls under the Executive branch of the government, not the Judicial) I had to do 2.5 years of parole and was considered a convicted felon. Maybe check your state to see if this is correct for you. I hope your son is doing well. I am writing about my Ft.Leavenworth experience if you are interested in reading it.

  3. Your state has very little to do with it, really. Conviction by a military court is recognized as a conviction by the federal government, period. The military courts are NOT “under the executive” branch as they are the lowest level court in a system which is appealable to the Supreme Court.

    Nebraska can fail to “recognize” that all they want, the reality is that a federal background check would always have returned a conviction. That’s the reason why you can still apply for a presidential pardon since you were convicted under the federal court system. And a large number of employers are now moving to do federal criminal checks to catch people slipping through the cracks.

    Sorry, but your “if I hadn’t taken parole” option wouldn’t have changed anything with regards to your criminal record. You can’t outrun your conviction.

    • Thank you for clearing that up for me. I feel better about having taken parole now. I took a piece of wrong information and let it bother me for over 20 years. After doing some research, I found that some of the information I had been told was true. It just didn’t apply to my situation. Certain types of court-martials may not be considered a felony. I had a general court-martial and based on the maximum sentencing allowed, I am a felon.
      The Executive branch discussion must have just been prison talk.
      Here is where I got the info.
      I defintely never wanted to outrun my conviction. I take full responsibility for the crimes that I committed. Just Google Dilemmamike, it’s all out there. I have been blogging about my experience in hope that God will use my mess for his message.
      I do appreciate the heads up. I sure was going to put that wrong info in my book!

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