I’ll start with the story of “Friday”. First off, does everyone understand the nickname? If not, I’ll explain next time, if needed. Friday is a very cordial black man that is probably 6’2” tall, in good shape, and about 46 years old. Definitely, a really nice and intelligent guy, but probably lacking any sort of formal education. His front teeth are not teeth. They are tooth. His mouth looks like that of a beaver, but with only one tooth. No joke. Friday is in here on a 10 year sentence for some sort of drug charge. He is married and has kids. He has served prison time before, but I’m not sure where or for how long.
The logistics of our job put Friday and I in a position of exposure to prominent people within the parole system here. A little over a week ago Friday started explaining to me that he recently had two meaningful conversations with a particular parole “higher up”. He expressed to me that he really felt like he had made a positive influence to his chances for parole. Please note that Friday has been locked up for just a little over a year. Technically, he is eligible for parole after 1 year and 2 months of being locked up. I blew off Friday’s comments as nonsense. I knew he had a snowball’s chance in h
ell of making his first parole on a 10 year sentence. Last Tuesday he came to me with a letter that his wife had Jpayed to him. In the letter his wife explained that the same parole “higher up” had phoned her about 4 days prior to inquire about Friday’s potential parole. His wife explained that the conversation had gone well.
This sounded peculiar to me, because, even with the limited knowledge that I carry about the parole system, I knew that if this truly did take place, that it was a very BIG deal. Friday then showed me the next Jpay letter from his wife, and his wife was ecstatic! The same parole “higher up” had just telephoned her again and personally told her that Friday was actually approved for his parole. He had obtained an FI-6 release. FI-6 means that he is to be released as soon as he completes 6 months of therapy. At this point, this story is nearly unheard of! A second personal phone call about parole, as well as, being paroled after only a year on a 10 year sentence is really not even much of a possibility.
I have heard stories in here of inmates receiving parole with the condition that they complete treatment first. Some will be required to undergo 3 months of treatment, but they will have to wait for months on end to be transferred to another unit to receive the required treatment. Therefore, these people will often be locked up for an extra 4 or 5 months just waiting idly for a transfer, or for their treatment to commence. Well, in prison, just as in the real world, it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know. Last Thursday, merely two days after learning he was approved, Friday caught chain and was transferred to another unit to begin his treatment.
All in all, as long as he completes his six months of therapy, Friday will have spent just under 19 months locked up on a 10 year sentence, and then he will be released to go home. Friday’s situation inspires me as I work towards being paroled myself.
****Special note: Friday had asked me just before he left the tank for chain if I could have my mom call his wife that he was in the process of being moved. I phoned my mom the next morning to ask that favor. I’m curious as to how that conversation actually went between my mom and his wife. Does my mom have a new BFF, and how did Friday’s wife react to the good news?
It’s now Basketball is about to come on and I also need to exercise. Thank you so much, again, for continuing to read and for all of your support. I haven't gotten any comments sent to me in a while to respond to, but I expect to receive them soon, and I will be sure to respond promptly. so I’ll wrap this up.