Sadie, that is a wonderful story and I am truly thankful that you were able to get clean and used the penal system for that! I wish you everything good and wonderful in your life to help you stay clean.
The person I was talking about committed the crime 2 years before going to jail. They were completely clean and had been for over 9 months! (and still are after close to 3 years) They did not "qualify" for drug court because they were already clean. All that was leaft was to do the time. Now, this person was guilty of what they did. Didn't even try and deny it. They TOOK someone to get drugs, at the request of the dealer (the co-defendant) and the user (the rat who had the recording device). The person I know was a user and did it to get drugs for themself. Not for money, just for drugs.
The Rat had gotten caught earlier and got off for setting this person up. The dealer, (co-defendant) spent a month or so in jail. He also ratted on everyone he knew, including his own father. NOW, the dealer is in another town, stealing identities and still dealing and doing drugs. He was NOT clean and got drug court and every possible other thing he could be offered for "early" release of the few months he got. The person I know now has a federal record and has lost a lot of the rights of a citizen. Can't find a job cause they have a record.
The person I know got 10 years for dealing. Never been in trouble before. Had no idea what to expect. Spent a year in jail. A lot of that time in one of the worst hell-holes in the state. Saw people abused. Neglected. Treated like trash. Was themself neglected and denied proper medical treatment. FOR A YEAR. Was actually put into solitary for over 2 weeks because someone else got lice and their hair was really thick and it would be too hard to get lice out of it. Slept for quite a while on the floor cause there were not enough beds.
Have you ever tried to sleep at night in your nice warm bed when someone you loved was sleeping on a floor with a blanket that didn't even completely cover their body? Knowing they were in pain, and wondering what would happen to them? AFRAID to tell you on the phone or in a letter because the guards might retaliate if they said something? Have you ever tried to sit down to a good meal while knowing one of your loved ones was eating a bare minimum diet that left them hungry and wanting more? Have you ever been scared that someone you cared about for their whole life would die because no one gave a damn about them?
From the comments on here, I can tell some of you haven't got a clue what the reality is like. Trust me, I know. My family knows. And until you've been there, I suggest you take it easy on the "woulda shoulda coulda's. You just might get a taste of it someday and you won't like it.