Grand Slammer

The World Series starts tonight! In your own life, what would be the equivalent of a walk-off home run? (For the baseball-averse, that’s a last-minute, back-against-the-wall play that guarantees a dramatic victory.)

I am not doing this post to offend what I believe is the epitome of game fans in the US. It is not a game played by anyone I know in my country. Almost unheard of but the variations could be in the form of games called rounders or softball. So allow me to tweak this DP (I am a first timer in this case).

The term slammer is not commonly used here but we know it means prison. Well, perhaps you may like to hear a more interesting story like I was a prisoner and share my experience but hope that the experience of a former prison or corrections officer may also be interesting. I was able to interact and know many inmates that walked in and out of prison over several years and each one had an interesting, unique and often sad tale. Many with backgrounds of having a broken family or with siblings or parents who had history of criminal or drug records, and some who were merely overcomed by greed or obsession.

Usually, the first timers were considered the most vulnerable but also the most important group for rehabilitation efforts so they can be able to make a full turnaround and never come back again. In other words, they have a higher probability of not reoffending. Of course it does not mean the second, third or multi-timers would not have such efforts made. The difference would be in the programme tailored to suit the different needs and profiles. This is just one part of the prison management system that encompassed the whole structure and daily operations.

The day anyone one of them completed their sentence, it is considered a walk-off home run as they are free to go. No longer being subjected to the high walls, restricted movements or regime anymore… but is there a dramatic victory? The grand slammer may be having to face society again. That’s why initiatives that look into the continuity of life after prison play a crucial role to  secure that victory, the real home coming, no more running.

Grand Slam – DP


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  1. Love the perspective you took for this prompt! I’ve always had a heart for people who need second chances. I absolutely agree that programs that help integrate them into the community after they are released are crucial!

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