Hornoable Sharion Aycock
P.O. Drawer 1100
Tupelo, MS 38802
Your Honor, I was in your court Monday, June 21, 2004 for a parole violation hearing for a friend who had asked me to be there. Because of the time element, I did not attend the hearing I was asked to attend. However I did attend the parole violation hearing for Regina S_____?____. It was unintentional that I was there. I have never in my 63 years attended such a hearing. I noticed Regina had no Advocate. I had information that I thought you should have but had no knowledge as to how I could enter it for the record. This is the reason for this correspondence.
Early in April 2004 the Lee County Jail Administrator called me and asked if I could start AA meetings in the jail for the women. He stated several women had made such a request. After several phone calls and a letter to the sheriff we started the meetings. I believe the date was 4-12-04. I went there twice more and shared my experience, strength and hope about my own recovery from alcoholism. I went the third time and was refused entry. Since I thought my credibility was at stake, I wrote to the sheriff and I found out we had a new jail administrator who had stopped the meetings. After some talk we got the meetings started again 6-15-04. I was there a total of 4 times. Regina was at each meeting and I was told she was one of several that had asked for the meetings.
The District Attorney stated his concern that she was addicted to meth-amphetamine. Because of this statement, I felt I had to write you.
Your Honor, everything I heard at that hearing about Regina was negative, Everything I know about Regina from those four hours with her was positive. She was always humble and gracious.
To whom it may concern:
I had a request from Regina Sc****neht for AA pamphlets, meeting list in this area & my thoughts on how the parole board should handle her up coming hearing. The entire above request are included in the in this packet plus a letter I sent to the judge that held her hearing before committing her to prison.
Here are my thoughts today. Regina has admitted to me she is sure she is an alcoholic and she cannot stop her addiction without some help. She has related to me some of her life’s experiences and it does sound as my own and many others she has the same illness I do. Admittance to the problem is the first step to recovery. This admission cannot be maintained by force, only voluntary. If Regina is to return to this area I would be very happy to put her in contact with the fellowship she would feel the most comfortable and induce her to people in recovery that only have her recovery as their interest.
I have no reason to change my view that I expressed to Judge Aycock last year about Regina.
I believe to imprison a mother of three for a non-violent crime may be as immoral as the crime that she has been convicted. Surely our justice system offers something better
To the Justice Individual to review Audrey Lxxx Case:
My name is stated above. I have been involved in the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous since 1975. I try in every way to carry the message of blessings this fellowship has given me. I have known Audrey since this past summer when she was in treatment at the Harbor House. She has stated the charges against her are serious and she is well aware of the seriousness of those charges.
In our fellowship we never know when someone is going to get better, however Audrey is bonding with others that are sober and she is upbeat about the fellowship.
I would pray that you may see Justice severed by making certain Audrey makes her amends to the individuals she has armed and restitution to the State of Mississippi for hers crimes without internment. This would be an opportunity for her to be with the ones that love her and the one she loves (5 year old daughter) as she work to clear up her past.
I believe justice would be severed in accordance with our suggested spiritual principles. We believe those that adopt our spiritual tools begin to take reasonability and clean up their past, and then they can live with dignity with others and all shall benefit more than taking her out of society and putting her with those that do not know how to live in this society.
All that is written here comes from my experience, strength and hope that have blessed me by attempting to follow the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Please be advised that 31 years in the middle of this spiritual malady still leaves me with very little knowledge of the subject here. I do not claim to be an expert.
With all hope
Let me tell you a little story. I had three sisters one was 5 years ahead in school and one was 3 years ahead. One was never in the family as I knew. When I was 4 the younger two got Chicken Pox and they were determine I was going to get them too. I did shortly. That was my earliest memories of discomfort. I laid on the bed all day with my stomach hurting like I had never had. I guess I am reliving those moments.
Considering the previous post is true as I do. How could you punish a drug addict any more than give him unfettered access to any psychoactive drug that he wishes to ingest, inject, inhale, or insert into his body? Then we could stop all these immoral law enforcement to keep a failed drug policy.
“Severity of punishment is not a deterrent to crime, surety of punishment is a deterrent to crime”
Spoken by Judge William R. Gentry while swearing in a Grand Jury In LaRue County.
circa September, 1968
Judge Gentry was Circuit Judge for Nelson, LaRue and Hart Counties in Kentucky, mid 1900s
The individual pictured in this link has been a friend for 13 years. To my knowledge and statements from others he has never committed a violent act in his whole adult life. He is schizoaffective (most likely) and has hepatitis C. He was befriended by a narc agent, then purchased crack from him. Just another person selling to maintain his addiction.
My experience has led me to see many such as Steve. This experience leaves me angry with our Drug Laws and the people that enforce these laws. Only when a society treats people like Steve in this fashion (click here) will we look at drug addict as humans and stop defining them from their disease. Steve is a human and he deserves the dignity we would give any sick child. He has not earned a place in the garbage dump.
Folks that feed the drug laws do not see enforcement of this policy in a personal manner until it comes home then their pride sends them looking for strange way to deal with this malady.
I am attempting to make this post personal. Click on the link, go to inmate search, put in Steven Bigham click to see inmate 10 years make me want to cry.