View Full Version : Saw the board yesterday.

05-10-2011, 09:18 AM
The interview was by telecom not in person. We had Sonia Amos-Warchock. This is her bio from KYI......
Sonia Amos-Warchock (four-year term): Sonia is a current Parole Board member who has served on the Board since 2009. She has been with the Michigan Department of Corrections since 1989, serving as a corrections officer, probation agent,parole/probation supervisor, acting area manager, and parole violation specialist.
Sonia has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Northern Michigan University.

My feelings are so conflicted I don't even know what to say. I don't feel like we represented ourselves very well. Hearing the details of his crime recounted is just as jarring now as it was in court two years ago. She repeated several times, "This makes no sense at all." and she's right it doesn't.
I'm shocked and shamed that a child of mine would do something so stupid and risky. To watch the reaction of a stranger as they read about it was a low point I hope my heart never has to experience again. If there had been a rock nearby I would have just crawled under it and drug him in after me.
I am now in complete awe at the fortitude and bravery of the gals here who have been through this several times. How do you do it? How can you make yourself go back in there time after time?
And as hard as this is for us on the outside, it must be much worse for our guys waiting in there and running the interview through their heads.

So now we wait,

05-10-2011, 10:21 AM
Was there anything positive that she said to him?

05-10-2011, 11:52 AM
Was there anything positive that she said to him?

No, she was all business. She asked several questions about drug use. Where he got the drugs, where he got the money. The situation was so intense I felt under attack, like she was really asking, "Did your mom give you drugs and money?" and wanted to defend myself. I know it wasn't about me but at the time I felt like kicking his arse and screaming at her that I don't do drugs. She asked me if I would turn him in to the parole officer if I suspected he was using drugs. And then she asked him to name the people he did drugs with so that I would recognise their names.

She also asked what he was learning in AOP and when that would be completed.

Was your interview anything like this?

05-10-2011, 02:14 PM
Yes, it was like that. Very business-like. Did not read what he did but specifically asked him what he did and he had to explain it step by step, which was difficult. Asked him to list all the drugs he'd ever done in his life. He did. Asked me what I'd do to make sure he didn't reoffend. I said I could not stop him from reoffending, that was something only he could control but I'd help in the ways I could and listed those. Asked me if I would turn him in if he violated parole. I could very honestly say yes. Sounds pretty similar to me.

05-10-2011, 11:00 PM
RA you explained our feelings very well. It is a very intimidating, degrading experience.
I will be praying for mercy for your son. We are all sinners you know, including the Parole Board Member. But the one "on trial" again is your son and you are there because you love him and believe in him and want him home. You are there to show your support and try and get the thought across that you want nothing more in this world than to have your son succeed while on parole.
It is just so hard to hear again why our loved one is in there, know that it can't be changed, will it ever be in the past?
They are not sum total of the worse thing they have ever done.