Welcome back! It feels so good to be back on IMT and have an audience as dedicated as you to share my thoughts with. For those of you who know me, again I say it’s great to be back “in touch” with you; for those of you who are new to the IMT family, I also extend a great WELCOME and would like to introduce myself and my platform.
My name is Martin and I’ve been incarcerated for over twelve years now for DUI Manslaughter. I have chosen to honor my vicitims and bring purpose to my life by devoting my time and effort to helping and counseling those in addiction as well as those who are simply on the wrong track in life. In my effort to professionally counsel adolescents in particular when released, I have acquired a BS in Sociology and am currently four classes from attaining an MS in psychology. I work here at the prison in the education department in the GED program and love helping men both with their own educational aspirations as well as offer life guidance where I can. This is my passion and I’m grateful to be able to be a role model of sorts and impart what knowledge I can to these men in the hopes that it will inspire them to turn their lives around and attain their longterm goals.
I began blogging for IMT in 2014 and thoroughly enjoyed it with every blog I wrote. As many of you know, I focused a lot of my attention on self enhancement for those of us who are incarcerated and prison relationships as I felt these were prominent topics for the IMT family and their incarcerated loved ones. This time around, however, although I will still devote my blogs to the personal development I believe all inmates should be striving toward as I know (or at least hope) you will pass some of them along to your incarcerated loved one for some encouragement, I will also like to discuss some of the myths and widely-held stereotypes about prisoners because, after all, this is Inmates Matter Too; and this asserts the notion that many believe we who are incarcerated are not deserving of the same human compassion and treatment that those who are not in prison deserve. This belief comes from a position of contempt that, I believe, is rooted in misconceptions and biases that have been adopted with regard to those incarcerated. I’d like to challenge some of those beliefs. Furthermore, because this is YOUR site, I’d love to hear from you about whatever other issues you’d like to hear about.
Many of you recall from the last time I blogged that there were times I would personally respond to your comments. Due to logistics and personal obstacles, this may or may not be possible going forward. However, please know I am able to read your comments and eagerly look forward to hearing your sentiments. I will do my best to work something out where I can respond to your comments from time to time, but, unfortunately, I cannot guarantee it.
Again, I’m so thrilled to be blogging again for IMT and I eagerly look forward to the enthusiastic engagement from all of you throughout the coming year. I aspire to write meaningful, encouraging, thought-provoking blogs that both you and your incarcerated loved ones will find useful and uplifting. Let’s have an AWESOME 2016!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR, Martin Lockett
Martin Lockett is serving a 17 1/2 year sentence for a tragic car accident. Martin has substantially turned his life around by completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, published his first book and is currently working on his Masters in Psychology. Martin plans to counsel at risk youth when he is released. He hopes his insight, thoughts and experiences from prison will help those who have a loved one incarcerated or someone facing prison time.
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