LETTER: Former 1735 Inmate Speaks His Mind — Part 2


Dear Editor,

That first letter  was just a tip of the iceberg. Let me address some of you intellectually circumcised commenters.

1. You’re saying if you can’t do the time don’t do the crime,  I am a former inmate, which means I did the damn Time!

2. What did I serve time for? Does if really matter? If I mentioned it I would be even more victimized, and it would surely give a clue to who I am.

3. One commenter on the website article saying “not sorry for nun of yall in there etc.”

You forgot you have a family member in there who yall turn yall back on, who I shared my stuff with (snacks, deodorant,  Detol , etc)?

Thirty-four per cent of the convicted inmates aren’t even guilty, (bad or no representation by legal counsel).

Imagine being charged for a crime you know you didn’t commit, but a lawyer is telling you $15K or he or she won’t show up, also no payment plan.

That puts a smile on the DPP’s face, easy conviction for them.

You know how many police officers lie on the stand, even doctors  lie (case in point, the famous politician’s brother, which the doctor said: “She did an  examination  of a femal’s vagina in a rape reported three months after the alleged  rape.”

There was signs of bruising, but in another case in late 2022 that same doctor said “that after 72 hours there would be no signs of bruising.” Hmmmm.

Back to the points at hand. Reform and rehabilitation being hindered by the AG?

There was a lady from the UK and a guy by the last name Smith were to set up a parole board and probation. Where’s that ?

Yall in society  makes it hard for convicted  persons, you turn your nose up at us.

What’s the point of rehabilitation if you guys won’t give us a second chance.

I hope and pray you folks with the harden hearts don’t end up in 1735  at any point.

I know a lot of  folks will say what about the victims? My heart goes out to them and we the actual guilty inmates beg and pray for their forgiveness.  No human is perfect.

In closing I’d like to thank you the readers, for taking the time out just to listen, (well read in this case ), to what I had to say.

I didn’t want to go into much more details  cause it might end in the inmates suffering  more.

I want to thank some of the prison officers who actually  have a heart for the inmates.

Don’t wanna call you by name for you to be victimized.

But Ms. Manchester  City, Big Bad, the officers over the kitchen (that would actually stay back to make sure bread came to make sure all the inmates ate, Addi,  If you don’t learn you burn, Short orilla-looking man, the new supp  the only one who’s feared but still respected, etc.)

Plz society  don’t turn yall back on us plz.

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  1. Going to jail is the punishment you don’t go to jail get punished people need to understand that and regardless they are all human beings…..,

    • Well said. Some of us out here doing worst crimes than those in 1735, but not caught. Every dog has its day. We are not perfect. Non of us are.

  2. It’s good you can speak about what’s happening in 1735. We know there are innocent people in prison and are doing the time because of some mishandling of information. Sorry for these cases.

    What about the guilty? There should be rehabilitation programs for them. What we need to see is when these men and women come out of prison they need to go to schools and other various organizations and teach and share the experiences so that the young persons will not want to go there. It might be a bit embarrassing but nevertheless go share so others will think 10 times before they act incorrectly and end up in the same predicament

  3. Inmates, the world over have a terrible time within and out. Rehabilitation programme is pie in the sky expectations. The former inmate is right because society, and it is not limited to Antigua is not fully committed with tackling recidivism.

    The stark realty is that recidivism keeps Police, lawyers, magistrates and judges in employment. Therefore, the powers that be are less inclined to take appropriate steps to prevent reoffending.

    Exoffenders need to find their inner strength with rebuilding their life, and thereafter engage in sustainable activities that would keep them occupied, which means doing voluntary work until the desirable becomes available.

    Maybe the facilities at the national library could run short courses on: basic English, Maths, IT. Life skills design for ex offenders.

    • @Antiguan4ever – I do admire your contribution but would one to note that it the not the job of the police, lawyers or magistrates to tackle the issue of recidivism.

      I believe everyone deserves a second chance and I believe most people are of similar view – but then what is the problem? After someone has served their time, do the public have confidence that that person has been reformed? In many of the cases, the persons coming out the prison seems to be worse than when they went in.

      We therefore have to look at the system and rather than the individual. What programs are in place for the reform? Rather than having nothing to do in prison, I believe some of these young offenders would be better off if they were forced to take classes and sessions to upgrade their mental and spiritual (not necessary religious, just to be clear) capacity. It would be good if we would see some high-school equivalency passes coming from inmates. The system would then have prepared them to be more marketable on the job market.

      Statistics would show that prison inmates are disproportionately illiterate. By changing the root cause, you can fix the problem.

      Now looking at child support, why do we sent the fathers to jail and the tax payers have to feed them? We need to get them to work and take the money out their salary to feed the kids? If the can find jobs, the government can place them somewhere and divert the money to the kids.

      But this reform role is not the function of the police, etc. I don’t think it should be the prison heading it – I think this should be a function of Social Reform.

    • Agree to this nf imagine I’ve never done s crime and I had conversations saying there’s no program for them especially the youths many youths follow wrong crowd and can’t even read to save they life

  4. I can certainly agree with you Antigua is corrupted I can certainly tell the police are rotten from the head I remember I was a barber and Wendel Robinson was the top cop came to my shop for hair cuts regularly had no idea the man wanted my ass cuss him out for that disrespect then a dunking driver ran into my car few months later turn out to be his secretary son I was lock up and charge for the accident because the police commissioner told the investigators he will take over the case turn up at the police station to give my report I was lock up and approach by Wendel am he said this to me if u want to win you case you know what I want which which was my ass I refuse I was put in front of judge wayson who convicted me an told me he did not want to hear any explanation. So I was charge in court for something I wasn’t wrong about so 🧐 what next

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