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View Poll Results: If they could pick a class, what would it be?
GED 46 7.22%
NA 12 1.88%
AA 18 2.83%
A mechanics/work with your hands class 244 38.30%
An art class 110 17.27%
Anger management/violent offender class 33 5.18%
other........ 174 27.32%
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Old 11-04-2003, 12:13 AM
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A fun poll!
If your incarcerated loved one could take ANY class that he/she wanted while behind the walls, what class do you think that would be?
This can be a class that is already available, or a class that doesn't even exist and they wished it did.
I have been trying to decide what I think Robert would choose if he had the chance, and I THINK that he would take a "how to make it in Hollywood" class.
He thinks he's a superstar already, so why not make it official right? lol
So, what do ya think?
I have posted a poll with a couple class names that already exist, and an "other" option.
Explain the class you chose and why if you feel so inclined!
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Auto mechanics because he already knows a lot as is, but this way he could be certified.
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Oh, see, that would run a REALLY close second to my first choice for Robert.
Damn, what a great class! lol
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Oh Jeni, Robert IS a superstar already!

Brian would love to be able to finish the SAP relapse class he'd started before getting transferred. They are starting SAP where he is now but no idea about whether they're going to offer the relapse/aftercare stuff too. I'm just pleased that he is encouraged about it, tho, and if he gets transferred back he really wants to finish what he started...
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I think that Brian is the superstar! Robert could learn a few things from him!
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Jeni... HA!! I was crackin' up when I saw your comment about "how to make it in Hollywood" because he thinks he is a star!! Add my JD to that list!!

I think JD's FIRST choice would be to start college courses... he got his GED when he was much younger and has been on waiting lists ever since for college courses.... of course those programs are slowly being phased out in IL which makes them harder and harder to get in to....

But aside from that I think he would want some kind of "performing arts" activity!! (singing, dancing, drama...)

I was once reading a report that was written by someone who assessed JD when he was still in juvenile detention-- just after his conviction and before his transfer to juvenile DOC.... I remember that JD's biggest concern at the time... and his ONE request is to PLEASE not be transferred to prison for two weeks so he could get the chance to perform in the musical they had been working on at the juvenile detention center... because he had the lead part!! Struck me of just how innocent and naive he still was.... the boy had just been convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years-- but that was his worry!
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Joey is currently preparing his GED (his choice and I'm so proud of him ), and is attending "anger management" which was his counselor choice. Anyway, he kinda likes it, and it can't be that bad. The only problem is that due to budget cuts in FLDOC, there's a huge turn over of teachers, so they never finish what they started, each new teacher starting a new topic !!

If he had to take a class of his own, it would be french learning first, and of course "how to become a millionaire by selling honey buns worldwide" But those 2 classes are not an option at Florida State Prison.

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Old 11-13-2003, 12:29 AM
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lol!
Phil- I shoulda known!
JD's Wifey- how cool!!! Robert has the same "bug" and I think it is great. It's nice to see a guy who isn't afraid to express himself ya know? (WEll, sometimes its annoying cuz he gets SO dramatic, but you know what I mean! LOL)
StrangeAnimal- I WISH I could get Robert into computers. At this point he just doesn't care.
Haswtch- Since I am about 50% German, I think that would be a great class! Any foreign language class would be cool. Don't see that happening anytime soon, but we can dream right?
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Well, he got his GED in prison ... but he actually graduated from high school -- which makes no sense to me. I guess he had enough credits to graduate, but he went to jail right before graduation, so they gave him a GED instead. But he scored in the top 97 percentile for the people that took the test. In prison, he took Anger Management, CGIP, AODA, and also a horticulture class through a technical college. Now he would like to take classes to obtain a business degree, however we just found out that his Pell Grant was taken away due to the fact that inmates are not eligible. Crappy. He has no classes left to take in there. MY choice for a class would be: "How to dump the whoreable (like the spelling? LOL) chick in your life that will do nothing but cause you pain, and open your eyes to the wonderful woman that has done everything in her power to make you happy the last 6 years." Think they offer that class?!?!
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ken wants to take computer programing he was actually schedualed to take some courses before all of this happened. he already has had classes for aoda counceling he had 1 class to take before he got his licence. and he also had 1 class to go before he got his degree in horiculture too. so i guess you can say he is a jack of all traits.
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When Eddy was free he was a Network Administrator...the guy has a natural knack for figuring out computers. One time during this bit my computer was wigging out and I was having trouble installing Windows and keeping stuff there without the the stupid registry detecting problems and resetting everything. We spent a fortune in back to back calls with him walking me through the process of fixing the registry. Coming from a guy who hadn't been near a puter in a long time, I was really impressed. He feels he's totally missing out with tech advances, and when I bought my new system and told him what it has he was like OMG!!! He'd LOVE to take more computer classes and keep up with state of the art trends.
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JOE WOULD FARTHER HIS EDUCATION IN AUTO MECHANICS. HE ALREADY COMPLETED HIS GED, A COURSE IN AUTO MECHANICS, AND SEVERAL CLASS IN THE PRISON SYSTEM. I'M VERY PROUD OF HIM. HE WANTS TO CONTINUE HIS EDUCATION AND BECOME A TECH. SPECIALIST IN AUTOMOTIVES.
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My baby wants to be a musician (he is an AWESOME singer--he sings to me) so hmm...he might fit into that Hollywood class too! Oh and Kaci, that class sounds great if my baby was enrolled in it! LOL (Of course, he doesn't need the class...lol) I picked the Art class from the poll though, because he is a really good artist too, and so creative. He doesn't think he can draw well, but I think he is awesome, and he is so artsy in general, I know he would love it if he could take that kind of class.
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Other.My boyfriend wants to take martial arts.
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Don would love a 'how to start a small business' class because that's what we've been dreaming of for a while.

He'd probably enjoy a french class too - he learned french while he was in the French Foreign Legion - no kidding! - but he'd like to brush up on it and learn correct grammar. I hope he's found someone inside to talk french with - not unlikely in New Hampshire. Umm, that's not meant as a slam on Canadians just that there's a lot of francophones around here.
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My better half wishes that there was more creative outlet available... they restrict the supplies and the means for 'crafts' and such - wish there was more of that...
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My baby was a salesman (the legal kind) for awhile. He is so good with people. He has already talked about getting his AA to help him get back into that, maybe this time as a real estate agent.
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Jackie is currently finishing a violent offender program & has had SATP. He'd love to take some sort of class that prepares him for life in the "free" world. So much has changed & he needs a refresher course! LOL
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I chose Anger management. because I know he wants to take one. they told him he would have to pay out of pocket 15 dollars for every class for the counselor time however. For right now Tennesse only offers classes at state level and they have chosen to make him serve his time in county ( 4 years in COUNTY) but it goes to show how badly they believe in rehabilitation or the severe need for new prisons.
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mel would take anything that is going to give him a time-cut...he's 7th on the list to start a class on how to grow plants!! i dont even think he likes planets.
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Mr. D would do any class that involved getting some grease on his hands

He volunteered to tear down, clean up and rebuild all of the cleaning equipment at the prison earlier this year. He was in his GLORY getting his hands on some wrenches, gears, things that turn and grease

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