I had never heard of the word indeterminate before my son was falsely accused. Or at least I’d never paid any attention to it. I am a detailed person by nature, much to the dismay of my family and friends at times.
adjective not exactly known, established, or defined
So when the judge gave Jace 18 months I was both shocked and relieved.
Shocked that the police and prosecutors in this state have enough power to turn my son from a law abiding citizen into a felon in a matter of hours and based SOLELY on a few lines typed into a computer dating site.
And relieved that he received an 18 month sentence. So many innocent men caught up in these stings get so much more, regardless of age, criminal history, or lack of intent.
I’m glad that at that time I did not comprehend that this is an ‘Indeterminate’ sentence. The MINIMUM he will do is 18 months. The MAXIMUM is life. And the ‘determinating’ factor in ‘indeterminate’ is a review board.
The review board’s job is to make sure you are rehabilitated.
But what happens if you are in appeal at the time of your review board? How do you prove you are rehabilitated from something you didn’t do? This has been a conversation between Jace and myself for about 6 weeks now.
We’ve gone back and forth…
- if he lies and says he did it….he has a better chance at release
- if he lies and says he did it….his appeal will be damaged
- if he tells the truth….there is a chance they will extend his incarceration.
- if he tells the truth….his appeal is intact – he has never admitted guilt.
Next week is supposed to be Jace review. Thank you all for your support – please do pray, send love, karma, warm wishes, whatever form of positive energy you believe in. I will be sure to write a post as soon as we find out, hopefully next week.
Assuming I can breathe 😦