Free yesterday and back in the slammer today! Rapper T.I. and his behavior yesterday proved too much for the Feds. This was so predictable. One would think that he would know the rules by now.
T.I. was released from federal prison August 31 and was to report at an Atlanta Halfway House to begin his re-entry back into society yet again. A person may transfer from federal prison to a Halfway House via private transportation, but that mode of transportation must be approved, and so does who is actually transferring the released person. So, surprise, surprise when reports surfaced that T.I. arrived at the Atlanta house in a tour bus followed by several cars in a private “motorcade.” It is obvious that T.I. had been approved to be driven in one of the cars and then went on the tour bus. A big NO NO. The Bureau of Prisons is very particular about how people behave while they are in the custody of a Halfway House.
T.I. has a long history with the Feds. In fact, he served a very light seven months in Federal prison in 2009 after he was arrested for trying to by guns from an undercover Federal agent. This after he served time on other charges going back to 1998. The 2009 sentence was a revolutionary Alternative Sentence that combined light prison time with house arrest and community service. In that case T.I. was looking at a 10-year prison term. Yet, T.I. did not learn his lesson despite a reality show called The Road To Redemption and was sent back to prison in 2010 for violating probation in that case.
Now it seems T.I. is at it again. So, how do we explain this? SIMPLE- he has an utter lack of humility. The key ingredient in life after prison is a level of humility. It is the same thing I coach people to practice during their investigative phase and a trial. Hello Blago and Conrad Murray listen up!
The main message here is that we need judges to keep offering alternative sentences to people and yet cases like T.I. make it difficult for them. But hey, at least we have Michael Vick and a true example of humility, Restorative Justice and hard work.
Successful re-entry is possible, but just as I said on Nancy Grace, Prison is easy, re-entry is tough. T.I., change is possible keep working on it.
Have you ever wondered what prison is like on Independence Day? Ironic, as prison is a place you earn your way to by choosing to give up your freedom. Independence what? The truth is that in the Federal Prison system- the BOP- Bureau of Prison’s- puts it’s best self forward as they do on all holidays. This means card tournaments, sports events, movies and special meals. All with prizes. Yep, prizes. Why? Because prison is supposed to be for paying your debt to society and rehabilitation. The fact is that most people in prison in the U.S. are coming home and most in less than 5 years. So, a little perk here and there does serve a purpose and make inmates feel more like people. People they will one day need to be as they re-enter society.
Of course, I was in a Federal Prison Camp- a la Martha Stewart, Steve Madden and Mike Milken, but the BOP strives to make all Federal Prisons more tolerable on holidays. So, even Bernie Madoff will be living it up this Fourth of July weekend. Next year Blago will be as well.
The fact is that most inmates appreciate these “perks” and holidays are hard. The Fourth of July and the celebration of freedom is a tough concept to deal with in prison. That’s why most choose not to think and reflect about their choices and the consequences. Those who end up in prison in the United States have made a choice in most cases. It’s that choice that is hard to accept and why some people keep making the wrong ones. For those I say get an Incarcervention. For others, remember we live in the land of the free and change is possible.
But, I urge all of us- even those who have FREEDOM, to sit back and show gratitude. We do live in the land of the FREE. Happy July 4!!
Follow me on twitter @incarcervention
Filed under Barry Bonds, Blago, Cameron Douglas, Casey Anthony, criminal justice, Federal Prison, financial fraud, Fourth of July in prison, incarcervention, jail, prison coaching, prison preparation, prison re entry, raj rajaratnum, rapper T.I., restorative justice, Tot mom, visiting parents in prison, Wall Street, women in prison
As readers of mine know, I have written much about ex governor Rod Blagojevich and what he should have done. Last summer I wrote that in my opinion Blago should have cut a deal and saved the taxpayers and himself a load of money and time. Now, as we find out, Blago is going to have lots of time to think about this mess.
Today Blagojevich was convicted of 17 counts of various Federal charges. All felonies, all-serious. He is looking at 8 years if he is LUCKY. We will find out when he is sentenced in a few months. But now, Blago will not be permitted to travel without court permission and will begin what is known as post conviction supervision. Blago will have to check in with a probation officer and submit to various rules. No more reality TV and no more games. Well, probably one more game- an appeal.
Blagojevich is the second Illinois governor in a row to face Federal Prison and corruption charges. Blago will also probably start to have his lawyers produce all kinds of alternative sentence proposals and mitigating circumstances. For example, a forensic mental health evaluation etc…
Blago is a prime example of a person whose ego has led them to prison and a great example of a person who was in need of an incarcervention. For a man who loves the media he sure seems lucky. This media coverage is not positive and yet many people are too busy with the Tot mom Casey Anthony story to pay attention. But, by the time a Blago sentencing comes around we will all be watching.
Where Blago serves his jail time will be the next hot topic in the rumor mill otherwise known as inmate.com. Blago- the offer still stands- CALL ME. You need a good prison coach.
May 2011 in Chicago has brought some sadness and anxiety for those who were Oprah fans. But, alas. At least we have BLAGO. Well, for now.
As the defense case in the re-trail of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich rolls on, the entertainment and big names keep coming. Or, at least the names are supposed to. We did see current mayor Rahm Emanuel take the stand briefly and are promised more are to come.
Blago is everything that is wrong with our criminal justice system. First and foremost he shows just how unwisely the U.S. spends our money on criminal prosecution’s that have gone off track. Remember, that last summer Blago faced a similar trail. At that trial he was found guilty on one of the 24 charges and the jury was hung on the others. So, this time around Blago has asked that the Feds pay for his legal bills. That means us! How is this possible? Well, Blago says he is deeply in debt and is due the same treatment as others who cannot pay for a defense. And, in the spirit of equal justice, that is true. But, isn’t it another crime to take advantage of the taxpayers you have already ripped off by your lack of public SERVICE?
So, Blago, this insider urged you to make a deal and get on with the show last summer. But, now you really are boxed in. Not even “Celebrity Apprentice” or other reality TV can fix this mess. One good note- I will work with you for FREE in the spirit of positive change. You know my number, call me! 1-866-229-8264.
The Arnold Schwarzenegger saga is proof that some people will push things to the limit and risk everything. What winds up happening is death, jail or SCANDAL. Sometimes all three. So what is it that drives otherwise successful people to the depth that Schwarzenegger has now sunk? One word- grandiosity. Next word- entitlement. Both words are part of the eight patterns of criminal thinking.
The current Schwarzenegger situation was predictable. Hello 1980’s Columbia Pictures scandal, steroids, years of womanizing, allegations of drug use, sexual harassment claims and of course political office. After all, it was at the end of his term that Arnold commuted the murder sentence of the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, a Schwarzenegger friend and political ally. At the time I posted a story about this under my equal justice category.
So what are we to think about the collateral damage and the consequences to everyone else? How sad for Maria and their children. It goes to show you that all is never what it appears. Ask any woman who has lived through an abusive relationship. We lie about it and cover it up. Even famous women and leaders like Maria Shriver.
Now we are left with a State that is less than bankrupt and a still out of control Arnold. While I believe that change is possible, it does take hard work. It also takes admitting there are problems and not just because you want better press. I am sorry Arnold but you will not be BAAAACK. But, in case you want to start working please visit me at www.incarcervention.com. Just like with Blago, I won’t hold my breath.