Though this blog is was originally intended as a resource for offenders in Massachusetts, much of what I write about is applicable to sex offenders in every other state and many countries around the world, especially in Western Europe. Even other non-sex offenders trying to navigate prison, probation and parole, or employment and education opportunities can glean relevant information from this blog and apply it to help overcome their own struggles.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Introduction

Hi There,

As someone who in 1997-2001 spent 4 years in Massachusetts State Prison and is now finishing up a 10 year probation period for a sex offense I committed when I was 20, I wanted to share some of my insight and experience to help other sex offenders - convicted or otherwise - as well as their families and friends through a confusing and frustrating situation.  As I look to begin my consulting and coaching business to aid sex offenders and their families deal with the myriad of unforeseen and anticipated issues, I wanted to use this blog not only to help hash out my ideas and beliefs but to reach out to those of you in what can only be described as a very isolating and confusing experience.

This is not a blog on how you can beat the system, get a bottom bunk in prison, or get what you want from your probation officer.  My goal is to be a guide and hopefully clarify what it means to be a sex offender in Massachusetts and how you can and should engage life, plan for the future, and work with many of the restrictions placed on you.   It's not that I've figured it all out and have a perfect life now, but I believe you can use my information to give you and your family a better life than what many others feel you deserve or what you may unwittingly deny yourself.

I am new to blogging so the set up will be basic for a while but feel free to comment and ask questions and send ideas.