Heading off to prison

My name is Andrew Martinez, and I am currently an inmate at the Mendocino County Jail. Full Story
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Wondering

Cupertino, CA

#1 Jul 11, 2008
I wish that more people would write letters like yours but moreover mean what they are saying. So the charges were dropped but you didn't test clean for your drug test. I am sure that was part of your probation. People say sorry too much and it means so little.

While you are in and as you say "I become a product of the system.", you still have a chance to change who you are. I do not personally know what it is like in prison but have known enough people who have come out better than they went in because they applied themselves while they were in there and took advantage of what was there for them. There are educational programs you can become involved in and take time to REALLY search your soul as to who you are, who you would like to become and who you will be when you get out.

Your letter to the editor sounds more like a whining little boy who got caught. I hope you take the time in prison or jail to improve yourself rather than belly aching about three meals and a roof over your head.

Time to grow up junior.
No Compassion

Ukiah, CA

#2 Jul 11, 2008
Mr. Martinez,

I am quite sure that when you were assigned probation, the terms were explained to you by your probation officer as well as your attorney. I doubt that you committed a simple assault as obviously you were charged/convicted of a felony. The majority of people in society are able to follow societies rules without getting arrested. You FAILED, were arrested and in essence given a second chance. You again FAILED, so just like a three year old you are being given a time out. Go sit in your corner (cel) and think about what you did and maybe you can make something of your life after you get out.

BMD

Since: Feb 08

San Carlos, CA

#3 Jul 11, 2008
Mr. Martinez-the fact that you chose to write a letter is indicative of the fact that you wish to be proactive. Please carefully consider the fact that you need to take full responsibility for your actions, including the drug test. I would not accept responsiblility for my actions at your age, and it delayed my current ability to lead a really happy and productive life. Once you really look at your own faults and their triggers, you will be able to correct them. When you get into your cell, start requesting books and read everything you can get your hands on, and take every opportunity at educating yourself. Every time you get into trouble, you surrender your personal power and integrity. You can be a positive force in our world. Good luck.
yeah right

Menlo Park, CA

#4 Jul 11, 2008
It would be wonderful if Mr. Martinez was truly wishing to be "proactive" in his rehabilitation. Too bad he spit on one of the corrections deputies last week. A serious offense, in this era of Hepatitis and HIV that, if the DA's office has any guts, should be filed as a felony. Looks like he's really trying to turn it around before he heads off to prison. Guess it was more important to look tough to his gangbanger buddies inside. Oh wait, he forgot to mention he's a gang member, didn't he?
Garbage

Oakland, CA

#5 Jul 11, 2008
Thank you "yeah right" for pointing out what Mr. Martinez failed to mention. It is amazing how he chooses to portray himself as a victim of the system rather than a perpetrator of violence and crime. He obviously has failed to take accountability for his actions, and as a result is now paying the price for victimizing the community. His three year prison term is only the beginning....wait until he gets out and commits another crime and blames it on "the system".
Its nothing

United States

#6 Jul 12, 2008
He sounds scared..
Suck it up and deal with it... oh and don't feel sorry for your self and never show fear...
Time to be a Man
yughh

San Diego, CA

#7 Jul 12, 2008
Retro Prop 36 would quiet many people down. There was a lot of input into Prop 36 from the Martinez family, Martin Martinez particularly. No doubt a different Martinez family, but the name does keep cropping up.

Retro Prop 36, make absolutely everybody in the state happy!
gobbledegook

Napa, CA

#8 Jul 12, 2008
Retro Prop 36? Prop 36 is a drug program, what does that have to do with someone convicted of assault? And 'retro' isn't even a verb. Whatever are you talking about?
booo hooooooooooooooo

Stockton, CA

#9 Jul 12, 2008
You broke the laws that are there to protect us from your drug induced fighting. Now you blame the system when you are the one at fault. You were givin an opertunity to be in society by being on probation but you blew that.So go on and blame everthing else and never take responcibility. You will go far "Mr. Realist" Now you can fight all you want in the safety of a jail oh and i here you could probably score drugs there too. That's a great life apparently for you. Just being a realist!
jaded eye

San Leandro, CA

#10 Jul 12, 2008
Hello my name is Jaded Eye and I am currently at home after mowing my lawn. Monday I will be at work where I have been employed for a long time. I don't drink, don't steal, don't do drugs, basically I don't break any laws and for some reason I am not being screwed over by our justice system. Huh wierd isn't it?
MendocinoNotMend o

United States

#11 Jul 12, 2008
jaded eye wrote:
Hello my name is Jaded Eye and I am currently at home after mowing my lawn. Monday I will be at work where I have been employed for a long time. I don't drink, don't steal, don't do drugs, basically I don't break any laws and for some reason I am not being screwed over by our justice system. Huh wierd isn't it?
well played :)
yughh

United States

#12 Jul 12, 2008
gobbledegook wrote:
Retro Prop 36? Prop 36 is a drug program, what does that have to do with someone convicted of assault? And 'retro' isn't even a verb. Whatever are you talking about?
Notice he said he was being violated for a dirty urinalysis? He's going to prison on a probation violation, not an assault case or anything. And his violation is for drug use, not violence.

See how Prop 36 can keep certain types of offenders out of prison? Jail and prison are different, and it's surprising just how many influential people don't know the difference. It's important to keep many people out of prison so that they won't be exposed to that type of harsh environment, one much more severe than county jail. A retro Prop 36 could do that, as it is difficult for some offenders to sever their ties from the state penal system. Some guards just don't want to let them go.

I could explain it a lot more, but you might get bored.
an observer

United States

#13 Jul 12, 2008
Sorry man good luck
bobby boo boo

United States

#14 Jul 12, 2008
i really like what jaded eye said. i pretty much do the same thing. i did get in trouble a few years ago ( i was using meth at the time) and luckily i got off with probation. i was facing jail time, but once i got my head together i made sure i did everything the judge wanted, i made sure i stayed on the right side of the law. it has been more than 3 yrs since my incident, and my probation period is finally over, and let me tell you, its not that hard to follow society's rules. and, obviously, the justice system did not screw me over. like you, i got a second chance, but i took advantage of it. its called following through with your part and taking responsibility. good luck in jail, but with the mentality you have right now, yeah, im sure that you'll do another stint in the future. just remember, you did it to yourself. you had your chance and you blew it. so quit your whining and get it together!
tom

United States

#15 Jul 12, 2008
cry me a river
yughh

Vista, CA

#16 Jul 12, 2008
bobby boo boo wrote:
i really like what jaded eye said. i pretty much do the same thing. i did get in trouble a few years ago ( i was using meth at the time) and luckily i got off with probation. i was facing jail time, but once i got my head together i made sure i did everything the judge wanted, i made sure i stayed on the right side of the law. it has been more than 3 yrs since my incident, and my probation period is finally over, and let me tell you, its not that hard to follow society's rules. and, obviously, the justice system did not screw me over. like you, i got a second chance, but i took advantage of it. its called following through with your part and taking responsibility. good luck in jail, but with the mentality you have right now, yeah, im sure that you'll do another stint in the future. just remember, you did it to yourself. you had your chance and you blew it. so quit your whining and get it together!
Yeah, real cool, except you didn't get a second chance, you just got more of your first chance. That "second chance" thing is just so much brain washing from the people who don't want you in society, who want you in jail forever for petty crimes.

Your born with your life, not someone else's. Your life is one entire, life-long first chance. I don't want to know your situation, but my guess is you didn't make the drugs yourself, you didn't bring tons over the border. You didn't create the borders, and you didn't create the border issues. What you're exposed to in our society is not of your doing. You vote for things and vote against others, but you still have to face situations in our country that aren't of your making. And if something backfires on you, chances are it's not of your doing. So it's all your first chance, there's no such thing as a second chance at your life. It's the only life you've got, and it isn't for someone else's manipulation.

So have fun with your first chance again. I'm having fun with mine whether people like it or not.

And you have a lot more first chance waiting for you once you start your pardon process. I'm guessing you have a felony, and now that you're off probation you can wait a while and go for your pardon. You won't get it, but you might get a certificate of rehabilitation, which is like half-a-pardon. There's a lot out there like that (expungements and such), but the second-chancers aren't going to make it easy for you because their life philosophy's wrong. You have to assert your first chance all over them, make them realize that it's your first chance and not their's.

And while you're at it, don't forget to call your representatives and tell them you want Prop 36 retroactive and you're not going to take "no" for an answer. It's your first chance rights.
john

Oakland, CA

#17 Jul 12, 2008
cry me a river
john

Oakland, CA

#18 Jul 12, 2008
yughh wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah, real cool, except you didn't get a second chance, you just got more of your first chance. That "second chance" thing is just so much brain washing from the people who don't want you in society, who want you in jail forever for petty crimes.
Your born with your life, not someone else's. Your life is one entire, life-long first chance. I don't want to know your situation, but my guess is you didn't make the drugs yourself, you didn't bring tons over the border. You didn't create the borders, and you didn't create the border issues. What you're exposed to in our society is not of your doing. You vote for things and vote against others, but you still have to face situations in our country that aren't of your making. And if something backfires on you, chances are it's not of your doing. So it's all your first chance, there's no such thing as a second chance at your life. It's the only life you've got, and it isn't for someone else's manipulation.
So have fun with your first chance again. I'm having fun with mine whether people like it or not.
And you have a lot more first chance waiting for you once you start your pardon process. I'm guessing you have a felony, and now that you're off probation you can wait a while and go for your pardon. You won't get it, but you might get a certificate of rehabilitation, which is like half-a-pardon. There's a lot out there like that (expungements and such), but the second-chancers aren't going to make it easy for you because their life philosophy's wrong. You have to assert your first chance all over them, make them realize that it's your first chance and not their's.
And while you're at it, don't forget to call your representatives and tell them you want Prop 36 retroactive and you're not going to take "no" for an answer. It's your first chance rights.
what the hell are you talking about?
Before and After

San Leandro, CA

#19 Jul 12, 2008
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Hippopotamus

Piercy, CA

#20 Jul 12, 2008
The system isn't exactly doing me favors either.

I think they dumped Remco's chemicals on the mountain above me. One night years ago a bunch of tanked vehicals went up my private dirt driveway...

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