Saturday Night Write Around
a late entry from last Saturday’s workshop with incarcerated youth offenders.
The prompts: people have to realize and when I wake up…
People have to realize that just because you were charged with a felony at a young age it doesn’t make you a bad person. People in general have to realize that behind the record that is held over your head like a stormy cloud you see in a cartoon could still be a good person. People have to realize that mistakes are made, especially by younger youth. Should we be held accountable for our actions Absolutely. But should we be held accountable like adults and sentenced to 6 years and 8 months or more? People have to realize that youth at a young age can and possibly will learn from their mistakes. Something people don’t realize is why the felony was committed or their family background, but what people have to realize is just because we’re youth with a felony we should also deserve a second chance at a good life. ~ J.R..writer’s workshop
When I wake I think about the possibilities of life and how to move to the step of life. The meaning behind another day in paradise. Yes, paradise because when you wake up you see incarceration….I see possibilities out of this world. when I wake up I see the universe in 200 million different spectrums and 400 million colors. I see the in between when I wake up. I see love, life, and all my dead family. I see present and past. When I wake up I see the possibilities of paradise. C.W…writer’s workshop
These are but two of the young men who are looking positively at the time they are serving for their crime. They are fortunate to have programs available to them and the initiative to take part. Their self awareness is empowering. They only ask that, after all is said and done and they have done everything society expects of them and they have made every effort to improve and achieve, that society give them a chance at a future.