Mike had court yesterday and today he will be transferring up to prison about two hours from here. He will serve 112 days which should have him released by the time the baby is born in June. After that he will be on parole for a few months, but his probation will be over. Probation and FASD are a really bad combination. I know he's dreading being there, but this might just be the turnaround for him.
John has court today. I will be going with Courtney.
Bart and I visited both of them last night. It's a very interesting place. Many times there are girlfriends in there and I am amazed at how they are still being treated poorly by someone who is behind bars. The guy is locked up and they still can't stand up and walk away. It makes me sad for them.
To me, it's a great opportunity to build relationships -- when they are behind bars and only have 30 minutes a day that they can visit someone -- they tend to be a little nicer. ANd knowing you can stand up and walk away if they get nasty is fairly freeing. I enjoy trying to keep things light hearted and make them laugh and since the conversations are being recorded I often want them to have something interesting to listen to. I think I'm hilarious. But you knew that.
Maybe jail ministry is something I should start doing, although I'm not sure that Bart would think it was a good idea for me to be visiting some of those other guys in there. I wonder how many of them never get a visit. Hmmm.
I'll keep you posted on further outcomes. John's hearing today will probably be inconclusive, but I'll let you know that later.