I was released from federal prison on November 9th, 2011. I was incarcerated at Victorville Federal Prison Camp for women in Adelanto, CA, in the desert, for a term of 30 days. Today is the 12th day of my “freedom”. I sit in my single apartment, in Los Angeles, alone. I have a GPS location device on my left ankle. It’s bigger than I thought it would be. It reminds me of a pair of binoculars, strapped to my ankle with a two-inch thick plastic band. I am on house arrest.
On August 26th, 2011, I was sentenced by a federal judge in Columbus, OH to serve 30 days in prison, 365 days of home confinement, and two years of probation, following a guilty plea to conspiracy and possession of over 220 pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute.
I will be on the electronic monitoring program until November 14th, 2012. One year. Today will mark the completion of my first week of home confinement. This is my first blog, on any site, ever. I have never felt any inclination to blog prior to now, or even to post regular updates on Facebook, Twitter, or otherwise. However, given my recent turn of circumstance, I have decided to document my experience via this website and blog. This is a new reality for me, and I wonder if sharing my experience may help to alleviate some feeling of detachment or isolation from the “outside” world that could occur during my confinement here. Then again, it could be worse; I did just come back to LA from being an inmate in federal prison. I am free, yet confined. A compromised freedom.
Being here is better than being caged in a prison, but, such as in life, with every change, we trade one set of complications for another. With this blog I intend to share some details of my current set of complications.
I know that many thousands of people have been in this program, and live in it today. I have never known anyone who has been in this situation or is in it now, but I would love to connect with others in similar circumstances in a hopefully shared interest to make the best of an unfortunate turn of events, spun out by unfortunate decisions. Here we go. More soon…
358 days to go.