Monday, May 21st 2012 |
I started teaching Money Smart today. This group is tough, meaning that they are always asking questions off-subject and interrupting me. I will have a hard time keeping on message. There were one or two guys that I expect to drop out. Remember, campers only take this class because it is required.
Many of the campers have never taken any responsibility for sensible financial management. Many of the guys have never had a bank account and/or a real job. This is a real problem being released to the outside world. They are going to have a tough time assimilating into the outside world and staying straight.
One of the guys told us that he would rather have $1 million in credit than $1 million in cash, and was adamant about it. Really!
There was a release expo, which is a panel of people from the Department of Labor, counselors, social services, etc., to answer questions about the services available to them when they are released. One of the guys asked the Department of Labor guy about accessing the computer to search and apply for jobs. The fact is that nearly all higher paying jobs require some computer skills. The DOL guy absolutely said that this was the case, and that we needed computer experience before being released. The education director was cringing while this guy was answering the question.
I also think that Butner tries to keep it hidden that we don’t have access to the computers except for email. I’m sure he thought that we had this computer access but we don’t. We can’t even use a word processor with the ability to save files. I don’t know how they expect guys to prepare a resume in advance of their release, or have the skills that they need in the outside world. This is more indication that BOP is not interested in reducing recidivism.