Welcome to BridgesToFreedom! – your lifer inmate’s bridge to freedom! This blog has been set up to provide links and free resources to support inmates’ efforts at parole.
The files are available free for download. We hope they are helpful! (The links will take you to Google Docs.) They will be updated as soon as possible when laws and circumstances change. The Bridges to Freedom chapters are not perfect, nor are they foolproof; we can’t guarantee that anyone who uses them will be granted parole. The files will be updated regularly. The author, James DeBacco, is himself working from the inside, at Calipatria State Prison.
Mail your feedback and comments to James at email@example.com and Kim will print and forward him your messages, via snail-mail. You can also use the “Comments” feature bel0w.
When James prepared his own original parole plan, many of the inmates on his yard started asking him for help with writing theirs! In the end, he was so swamped with individual requests for help that he ended up designing a series of 8 workshops, that became a 16 week program, supported by the warden, psychologists and counselors on D-Yard at Calipatria State Prison.
In late 2010, he repackaged his notes materials and handouts and came up with a 120 page textbook to accompany his workshops. The men he works with inside all get a photocopy of the book. Now you can access his book, chapter by chapter!
Good luck with your parole plan writing. You may have many rivers to cross, but Bridges to Freedom can show you the way over those troubled waters. We hope these materials will help you prepare an honest, insightful account of your past, present and future – which may be closer than you think!
Kim & James DeBacco.