If there are two words that epitomize this journey – ‘Roller Coaster’ would be them!
I was first told that my beloved son was arrested for attempted rape of a CHILD!!
I used all my saving, maxed my credit cards, and borrowed money from my family.
My world reeled and took a sharp downward turn.
Yet I was told we had a ‘very defensible’ case by the top lawyer in the area.
Jace was home with me for a year as the lawyer worked diligently on his case (or so we thought).
We fought the depression and feelings of injustice, nay betrayal, we felt. We hoped everything would come out in court, how could it not? He was an innocent man.
The conviction and sentencing of my son to prison was probably the biggest shock of my life. I’ve done foster care and adopted, traveled extensively, dove a hundred feet into the ocean, and jumped out of a perfectly good airplane….
I was not prepared for this shock.
I moved into an RV, lived in one almost a year (not very fun in the winter people).
I worked relentlessly on advocacy to get the word out and pretty much got nowhere.
I spent three days a week within prison walls – the guards all know me by name.
Nothing lasts forever, right?
I met a wonderful man.
Winter turned into spring, and then summer, bringing some emotional relief.
Jace release date was quickly approaching – plans were being made, accommodations secured, hope rising.
But it seems there is no end to the lengths law enforcement will go to ‘keep us safe’ when money is on the line:
Our friend is Texas was arrested months after release for failure to register but was never told when, how, or where he needed to do so.
Our friend from New York, the war hero with PTSD has been offered three years from his young children and wife for NOT going to meet a minor.
Our friend in Monroe, who was physically raped by another inmate when he discovered our friends ‘attempted rape’ fictitious crime, is serving more time for the police created conviction than the man who raped him!
Our friend in Washington state, conviction reversed by appeal stating the court got it wrong, is heading back to the courtroom because law enforcement refuses to accept the reversal.
Jace release plan, which I have personally been navigating since January, will not be fully approved until after Jace ‘earned release date’, causing him to be held in prison longer than his sentence mandated. The reason? So that his parole officer can inform local police and victims of his release.