Intro: Frank Adams

My name is Frank L. Adams

I have been incarcerated for almost 18yrs and since I’ve been incarcerated all I have seen is the void of the type of help needed for those of us who sit behind these walls. It is not easy doing time, living with the crimes that have been committed and those we have hurt in the process. What I feel would help those of us that get caught up in the system is truly some HELP and what I mean by that is instead of throwing a guy in a cell for years, learn about that person and figure out what he needs in order to become a productive citizen. Those of us who are incarcerated, we are not given any proper evaluation about how we think, how we were raised or what we live by instead we walk around with the weight of our decisions which for a lot of us it’s too much.

If a person is not being given any tools to change or rectify their behavior, most likely they will stay the same because it’s all they know. We need to be educated and evaluated instead of JUST being incarcerated.

From march of 2011 until the summer of 2016, I was given the opportunity to teach incarcerated youth from the ages of 15 to 23 and during that time of sharing my life and learning theirs, I realized how many of them were just good young men taught wrong. A lot of them didn’t know how to express their pain except through violence or some type of drug. Many of them didn’t even know how to spell but I tried my best to help them and I couldn’t help them all, but I did notice that once they saw that someone cared some of them started to put forth the effort to change.

We need people involved in the process of the criminal justice system that care more about the lives of the broken then a conviction. And I don’t say any of this to take away from the many people who have been hurt by the hand of those who are doing time. But I do know that hurt people hurt people and those hurt people need help.

If you have read this thank you for sharing a piece of me. Have a good day. Sincerely, Frank (FLAJ)

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