When President Trump announced that he supported a second chance for felons and prison reform I decided to tell my story.
My mother and father adopted me at birth and I was fortunate to grow up in a beautifully diverse neighborhood. Unfortunately, I experimented with cocaine even after I was told that "I'd regret trying it for the rest of my life." This all occured during the cocaine epidemic of the late 80's.
As a teenager I was admitted to an inpatient rehabilitation facility and the help I received enabled me to kick drugs for many years.
With this behind me, while in my early 20's, I became certified as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Master Certified Network Engineer (MCNE). This enabled me to enter the lucrative computer consulting field in the dot com bubble era.
At the height of my career, I worked as a senior technical architect for a very large Microsoft partner in Chicago advising many of America's top companies. A sampling of the companies I consulted includes; McDonald's Worldwide, Kraft Foods, Allied Signal, Harris Bank and Alcoa.
In 1999, an acquisitions editor from New Riders Press/Macmillan (now Pearson Education) asked me to write the very first book released here in the USA on Windows 2000 Server. I finished the book titled, "Planning for Windows 2000" in four months with some help. The book was a major release, and it sold at Barnes & Noble and Borders here in the USA and also in China, Japan, and Germany.
After finishing this book, I was in a very bad car accident and over a period of six months I took prescription opiods and this led me (documented medical history of addiction problems) later to using cocaine--all after years and years of abstinence. This hit me hard and reminded me of what my friend told me years ago about regretting trying cocaine for the rest of my life.
After 6+ months of daily drug abuse, my addiction eventually became my taskmaster. After all the opiod and cocaine abuse and 10's of thousands of dollars thrown away, in a vicious cycle of addiction, I, in what I call an "insane" mental state, demanded cash from a retail location twice in my lifetime while under the influence (no weapon).
As a convicted felon, no company would hire me then, and no company will hire me now for a decent, full-time job--all I can do is freelance here and there. After not being able to pay child support, and some taxes, I lost my drivers license for the financial delinquency, making it even harder to work.
Because I cannot get a decent full-time job in any field, I started three of my own companies. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to make a living to support myself or my three children and my wife.
I am a 45 year old man that cannot support myself, my children, or my wife because all potential "good" employers I have contacted give absolutely no chances to felons.
My dignity is still intact because I know who I am and I refuse to be defined by my past.
I have tried everything in order to work to my potential again. When I attempted to work in a labor position in the construction field during the fall season of 2017 I damaged my ACL and tore my meniscus.
I love America, and all of it's people, just like thousands of felons that have also paid their debt to society.
Let's give all women and men the opportunity to support themselves and their families. Please consider giving felons the right to work hard again in order to live up to their God given potential.
Note that felons sometimes commit crimes to earn money in order to support their families (not saying this is okay) because there aren't ANY other options for them. Reduce recidivism and restore dignity with a second chance for felons that have served their time. Pray for and help those incarcerated now. They are trapped in a rigged prison system, causing a cycle of destruction for themselves, their families, and all American citizens.
Please support President Trump's prison reform initiative and a second chance to go back to work for felons.
Thank you - Eric K. Cone
Influence our Representatives nationwide with personal telephone calls to local offices.
We want to let them know that we support H.R. 3356, The Prison Reform and Redemption Act.
Of importance also is a “second chance” for felons that have paid their debt to society.
Let your congressperson know that you would like past convictions to remain visible to
law enforcement but be sealed from the public—including potential employers, landlords, and
admissions committees—allowing individuals with prior convictions to gain
a foothold in the labor market or continue their education.
Central to the arguments to promote prison reforms is a human rights argument - the premise on which many UN standards and norms have been developed.
Criminal justice reform may wind up being the most significant conservative policy change in Washington this year.
How the Reform Movement Changed America - Created new mental institutions called asylums. - More mentally ill admitted. - Increase in funding for asylums. - Reduced cruel treatment in asylums. - Improved conditions for poor mentally ill.
(don't support)The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) makes it harder for prisoners to file lawsuits in federal court.
Prison reform has had a long history in the United States, beginning with the construction of the nation's first prisons. From the time of the earliest prisons in the United States, reformers have struggled with the problem of how to punish criminals while also preserving their humanity.
Although many people believe that representing clients and fighting criminal justice falls on the public defenders office, nonprofit organizations play a vital role.
Prison reform is the attempt to improve conditions inside prisons, establish a more effective penal system, or implement alternatives to incarceration.
The reforms are targeted to address the core behavioral issues that result in criminality, with the goal of reducing the likelihood that inmates re-offend either while incarcerated or after their release.
The House Judiciary Committee is working on a bipartisan basis on several bills to improve the criminal justice system.
THE URGENCY of criminal-justice reform in 2017 has become a rare matter of bipartisan consensus in Washington.
Overcrowding, medical inadequacies, sexual assault, solitary confinement and other threats to the health and safety of both prisoners and guards proliferate in U.S. prisons and jails in 2018.
Some pilots have been successfully launched in several states. Others will be rolled out at two prisons in early 2017.
The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population but almost 25 percent of the total prison population.
In 1980, there were about 500,000 people in prison in the U.S. Today there are 2.3 million, and according to the 2008 U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics there's a total of over 7 million people on parole or probation or locked up.
Just as conservatives once led the way toward the tougher sentencing rules and other policies that increased imprisonment rates, they should lead the way in sensibly shrinking the prison population.
Reduce the number of absurdly long prison sentences in America.
Central to the arguments to promote prison reforms is a human rights argument - the premise on which many UN standards and norms have been developed.
The Council passed legislation in May 2016 to create more proportional penalties for certain low‑level, non‑violent offense.s
Criminal justice reform in the United States is a type of reform aimed at fixing perceived errors in the criminal justice system.
Asylum and Prison reforms, still topics of importance today, have changed drastically from the era of Dorothea Dix's reforms.
Research has considered the quality of health care provided in USA's prisons, and has analyzed the impact of correctional education on employment.
The West Wing push for prison reform is at odds with Jeff Sessions's jail-happy Justice Department.
I love fishing. I love the still mirrored shiny surface of the water in the morning with a mist of fog on it, as I slice through it in my aluminum boat at dawn. I love the smell in the air—the moistness in it especially. It's as if I can taste the environment that I am immersed in to catch these beautiful creatures that God created.
I love fishing. My grandpa "Baldy" as they called him, Mr. Aldon Rowland who worked in a Ford factory his entire adult life taught me to fish, and he taught me very well. He could catch any kind of fish anywhere, and he knew exactly where they were and how to get them to bite.
I can't remember exactly the moment I caught my first fish, but, I do know of the wonderful level of excitement and joy it brings to me to catch one as it tugs and jerks on the line, slicing though the water, and jumping, leaping really, in an effort to evade capture.
When finally landed, a fisherman gazes at his adversary proudly, respectfully, and beholds the beauty of that fish. In that moment, a glimpse of Heaven is revealed, and I love Heaven.
God must be a Fisherman. However, rather than those lurking in the depths, with sharp teeth and spiny scales, He prefers to fish for men.
We mean men as mankind here. Men, women, little girls, and little boys. God especially loves children. When Jesus was on his way to the blessed Cross He was explaining to His disciples in parables what the Kingdom of Heaven would be like. They were, as expected very curious.
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me."
My girlfriend (now wife) Tamra has an opinion on children as well as the beloved aged. She feels that they are both, closest to the Kingdom of Heaven---one, the little one, is on its way from the Kingdom, while the other, the aged, is on its way to the Kingdom.
Tamra explained this to me plainly as she told me about her daughter as a little one, and an otherwise cross, aged women in an encounter they shared. This woman was not happy with those around her, but when she saw Tamra's daughter, she immediately beamed, radiantly with a smile. Tamra's daughter, who was afraid of strangers, walked over to this woman without hesitation and they both stared into one another's eyes. Tamra believes that they were looking at one another's, beautifully, wonderfully created, uniquely gifted eternal soul. That part of each of us that makes up the whole Body of Christ.
Friends, Brothers, Sisters, we are in the Technological Age. Every adult has a computer and cellphone in the developed world. And children are getting tablets, cell phones, and computers at younger ages every year. Technology is everywhere, and it continues to advance.
In the Technology arena, the most prolific growth is seen in social media. You've all heard these names; Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
The successful social media marketer is the one with the most followers. They are always trying to figure out how to get more followers. They even have complex, server based, powerful computers, that robotically work to gain followers for them.
Most of these social media marketers are people that we do not want our children "following" at all. But our children are the little ones that we giving these computers, tablets, and cell phones to, because we rely on their real benefits—it's wonderful to always be in touch with the ones we love at anytime, anywhere, especially our children.
Jesus, of course, was the first to say follow me, and it was He that told us to become Fishers of Men (men, women, little girls, and little boys.)
I am a published author in the computer field. I have worked with computers my entire adult life. Recently I began looking into social media marketing for my business (I am self-employed, as an Iowa corporation—it's just me—I work for myself and for the clients I choose.)
When I looked into social media marketing I was amazed at the sheer scale of it.
Ambassadors are fishermen—this is nothing new, we've all heard it from our parents and others in church, and if you're just hearing it, God wants you to know that you are a Fisher of Men.
Those that are fishing for our children’s souls have a crafty, complicated, network embedded into the very fabric of their day to day lives—the Internet. Whether accessed at home with Mom and Dad carefully watching via the family PC in the living room, or off at school with their smartphones, our children are in the water. They are the fish.
Those "trolling" for them, that is, those that are the most popular are:
I love all people, and I am going to quote an excerpt from Antonia Blumberg, an Associate Religion Editor at The Huffington Post, to illustrate a point.
It reads, "Katy Perry is one of the most successful female artists of our era. Ranked #7 in Rolling Stone's 2011 "Queen of Pop" list, named Billboard's Woman of the Year in 2012, and the first artist to spend an entire year in Billboard's Hot 100 top 10, Perry is a household name and beloved by many."
Two people who are NOT among her devoted fans, however, are Perry's own parents. You see, her father is an evangelical preacher, and he and Perry's mother tour the world preaching not only that Jesus Christ is the LORD and Savior, but that their own daughter has fallen into the hands of Satan. In a sermon in Santa Fe Springs, CA, Perry's dad, Keith Hudson, reportedly went so far as to refer to his daughter as a "devil child." Celebuzz quotes Hudson, "They ask how can I preach if I produce a girl who sang about kissing another girl? I was at a concert of Katy’s where there were 20,000. I’m watching this generation and they were going at it. It almost looked like church. I stood there and wept and kept on weeping and weeping. They’re loving and worshipping the wrong thing."
Friends, Brothers, Sisters, the devil's children are fishing for OUR CHILDREN. And they don't care if they are too small to eat or not—they WANT THEM ALL.
It goes without saying that the devil hates us, and our children.
As before I stated that I am a computer expert, a published author, and for those of you that are hearing it for the very first time, a convicted felon. A robber. I struggled with an addiction to cocaine from my early adolescence to my mid adult life when I finally crawled to Christ at Teen Challenge in Grand Rapids Michigan.
There, I, in the year 2000, offered myself up fully, completely, wholly to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who was born of the virgin Mary, suffered crucifixion under Pontius Pilate, and then rose from the dead on the 3rd day with the keys to death and hell in His hands—Hallelujah!
Jesus said that LOVE covers a multitude of sins. Today we need to HEAR THIS this now more than ever. - Eric