Visual Literacy Draft 2
The Misconception: Convicts will always be Convicts
Many people see only what they want to see, and sometimes, the perceptions people have for ex-convicts can be blurred because of the media and cultural differences. For example, a person living in a small rural town without a prison system is only able to create a perception based from the given generalities such as internet outlets and television media that only portray partial bias to the negative side, but if the same person were to live in a much larger community with a nearby prison system would generally have a more direct viewpoint on people who are transitioning from prison to a prisoner reentry program. Furthermore, a person whose work was in direct interactions with ex-inmates would strongly disagree that the phrase “once a convict always a convict” is erroneous. In my personal experience, not all convicts stay in the stereotypical image of a convict; I have worked hand-in-hand with ex-convicts trying to achieve success after prison life. The truth is that many people will steer away from people who have a criminal background because they are not aware that people can change or they are fearful around ex-convicts because of lingering social stigmas.
Images that illustrate negative connotations toward a select group of people have a powerful and emotional impact that can destroy a person’s character without creating a firsthand impression. For example, a person who decides to break the law and who is proven or not proven guilty in accordance to the status law is automatically deemed as a criminal. Agreeably, Criminals should serve the appropriate sentence for the given delinquency, but when a law-breaker serves the specified decree, the bound ex-convict is still faced with painful obstructions such as housing, employment, and fear of re-entering social abridgement. The purpose of the penitentiary existence is to allow the convict to repay the debt caused to humanity and to reflect one’s unlawful activity in hopes to turn a new leaf to become a prolific part of the social order, but sadly once the convict is released, the ex-convict is forced to fray whether or not the person has repaid their debt to society. In result, many ex-convicts choose to follow their shadowy footsteps into the life of a criminal because they may feel unwanted, frustrated, or have not had a proper plan of action to succeed in a new life after prison. However, some ex-convicts endure the attached stigma by hankering for a positive lifestyle, choose to continue a path that is not destructive, and follow through with a prisoner re-entry program that will harness the ex-convicts for a secure and encouraging transition.
“Frank W. Abagnale’s story of crime and redemption inspires General Session attendees” by Jenna Scafuri writes a brief story about Frank Abagnale’s life of crime and how he redeems himself by the positive things after prison. Jenna Scafuri informs readers that Abagnale spent most of his young adult life living as a con-artist, but after he was caught, Abagnale spent five years in the French prison system with the aid of the United States of America’s FBI. The FBI gave Abagnale the chance to work, and learned the criminal processes from him. After thirty years passing, Abagnale is still working for the FBI, and various media and movie producers have create themes from Frank Abagnale’s story. The topics term are prisoner reentry, FBI, pardon, and God.
Scafuri, Jenna. “Frank W. Abagnale’s story of crime and redemption inspires General Session attendees.” Corrections Today 73.5 (2011): 68+. Academic OneFile. Web. 6 Mar. 2012. <http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA278008180&v=2.1&u=ksu&it=r&p=AONE&sw=w>
TORRALBAS, KATY. “My Life So Far: Nick Chandler, 46, Ex-convict.”. Naples Daily News, Aug.-Sept. 2008. Web. 18 Mar. 2012. <http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2008/aug/25/my-life-so-far-nick-chandler-46-ex-convict/>.