Resources for convicted felons on probation
June 18, 2007 8:29 AM Subscribe
Father's Day gift filter: Help me keep my dad out of prison.
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (20 answers total)
My father has gone from being a successful businessman and respected member of the community to a convicted felon on probation with a very restrictive set of rules he must follow.
Probation is hard, and his list of restrictions is long. He can't communicate with other convicted felons, so searching for one from whom he can ask for advice is out of the question. His Internet use is heavily restricted, and he's not allowed to visit bookstores. With all of that in mind, I would like to put a packet of resources together to help him cope with his frightening new situation.
One of his restrictions is that he can't break any law while he's on probation. I'm going to order him a copy of his state's current criminal code handbook and ask him to spend some time each day looking through it, so he will be less likely to be blindsided by any laws or regulations with which he's not familiar.
In addition, I wonder if there are any books or other resources that would help to prepare someone for surviving probation successfully. I'm thinking of things that could help him develop coping skills and strategies:
- help him deal with arbitrary rules and unsympathetic people in authority for the next several years
- help him develop a healthy routine and a list of mental checks to follow
- reduce some of the psychological stress of the situation
and give specific advice:
- don't talk on your cell phone while driving - you're more likely to get into an accident (and get a ticket, and go to prison for the rest of your life)
- make sure there's no loose paper in the bed of your pickup before you drive (so you don't get fined for inadvertently littering, and go to prison for the rest of your life)
- make sure the passenger compartment in your car is clean before you drive so you're not distracted by something rolling or sliding around, which makes it more likely that you'll get into an accident (and get a ticket, and go to prison for the rest of your life)
- drive only when you must, and never after dark
- this is not a joke, your life is at stake!
I don't want anyone to feel sorry for my dad. I'd just like to do everything I can to help him adjust to his new reality, abide by his new rules and complete his probation successfully, without having to spend what would probably amount to the rest of his life in prison.