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DownTime: A Guide to Federal Incarceration Paperback – July 4, 2007
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"What do you do when you come to a fork in the road? Simple: You ask for directions. And you try to ask someone who not only has been down that way before but has succeeded beyond all expectation...." --Business 2.0 Magazine, January 2003
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DownTime was written with three distinct audiences in mindthe professionals of the legal community, who provide support and guidance to defendants, individuals facing incarceration and the family members who support them. DownTime will inform, educate and explain by example the challenges faced by men and women during incarceration in a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility.
None of us is prepared for incarceration. No matter what people say there is nothing comfortable about spending time in prison. For most of us life consists of a routine. Work, social, family and personal commitments fill our time. None of us actually gives thought to spending time in prison. Unfortunately more and more men and women are facing this challenge. DownTime is a guide. DownTime will help readers to overcome their lack of knowledge about incarceration.
While incarcerated I noticed that almost every new inmate experienced the same problemsthe same challengesthat I did upon my incarceration. I always felt bad for new inmates. I empathized with how they felt. Their feelings of loneliness, isolation, helplessness and fear were always obvious. All of these feelings were magnified when they found that they were unable to make a simple phone call home. So many of the problems faced by new inmates are avoidable. It is with this in mind that DownTime was written.
The information in DownTime is designed to provide members of the legal community with an excellent source of referral to assist their clients through this difficult time. DownTime will provide members of the legal community, and the defendants that they are charged with counseling, with an excellent source of reference material. Legal professionals will also gain insight into a facet of the legal system that they have not been exposed to in this way before.
DownTime also serves as an excellent reference for inmates families. Although the primary focus of DownTime is on the inmate, several sections have been included specifically for family members. Inmates family members certainly face their own frustrations. Getting processed for visits, communicating family emergencies and dealing with other support issues are all discussed in various sections of this book.
Nothing can completely ease the fear faced by a men and women facing incarceration. Their only weapons are accurate information, and some insight into what they are facing. The information found in DownTime cannot dispel all of the fear associated with incarceration. It can however provide enough insight and assurance to assist inmates and their families during this difficult transition. Readers of DownTime will be armed with a significant amount of anecdotal information. They will command a much greater reservoir of knowledge than most people who face incarceration.
DownTime is not a panacea. The information in this book will however, provide a significant amount of insight and comfort to those who read it. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In addition, there is some information that is just out of date as the BOP has updated policies. Things such as spending limits, wait times for RDAP or other programs no longer apply as policies have changed and overcrowding has continued to get worse.
Overall a decent book that gives good basic information.
I only wish that I would have done it sooner. Although many of the forms that are provided in the appendix are, in fact, available elsewhere (and for free) it is the narrative - the voice used by David Novak - that makes this work so valuable and, quite frankly, well worth the asking price.
He gets it. He really gets it. It is as though he knows exactly what I am feeling and answers the questions before I ask them. Great book. I decided to follow the advice of another reviewer and give Mr. Novak a call. Like the previous reviewer I was shocked at how accessable Mr. Novak was.
Over the course of two weeks he must have spent several hours on the phone with me and returned every single piece of E-mail that I sent. Its nice to know that there is somebody out there that has turned such a difficult time in their life to such advantage.Thanks!
Everybody in my family read this book and although I am still apprehensive the majority of my questions have been answered. David Novak - the author of the book - writes in a way that makes it clear he knows what he is talking about. I highly recommend this book. I also highly recommend speaking with David (I was surprised by how available he was). As strange as it sounds speaking to somebody who has been there has made all the difference for me and my family.