Matthew is 34 and incarcerated in the US (MN).
Are you looking for fun and insightful conversation with an open-minded, lighthearted friend? I’d be thrilled to have many such discussions; learning your interests, passions, and getting to know you as an exceptional friend. Beyond the time I have for our conversations, I am a student finishing my Associate of Applied Science Degree and will continue toward a Bachelor of Arts Degree after. My free time is enjoying learning to paint and working on writing. I’m particularly interested in justice reform through restorative justice, and I try to use my writing to create positive change. I’d call myself compassionate, relaxed, logical, very open to new people and ideas. I think the best way to understand life and improve ourselves comes through sharing our lived experiences with one another. To me, unrestricted ideas and dialogue create needed variety and lead to greater perception for everyone.
My hope is to listen as much as I talk, sharing our personal stories with each other. I’m interested to have conversations with diverse and unique people like yourself. I hope to learn as much from you as I do about you, appreciating everything that makes you one of a kind. Your personal life experience is distinctively you, I’d be honored to hear your story. I have time to dedicate toward you and would like to use it getting to know you, how you experience and see our world. While we may be quite different, our difference only makes our interactions that much better.
Give in to your curiosity! Send me a message and let’s see where it leads. Ask anything you like, as serious or carefree as you prefer, I appreciate all levels of conversation. Let’s get to know each other and develop a new friendship. Share a little about yourself, and ask whatever you like, I’m an open book. I will gladly respond to you right away. Thanks for checking out my profile, I’m thrilled to hear from you!
What does justice do?
What does justice do for you? What does prison do for your community? Does justice improve your life, promote safety, or reduce crime? Does prison restore harm, improve lives, or guide individuals away from recidivism? By most accounts and measures, these answers are all no. Our current system of justice and prison is only reactionary, punitive and draconian in nature. This tough-on-crime mentality has gotten us nowhere in terms of addressing the cause and source of crime, as well as missing the mark on improving lives or society. Through the decades of political emotion and media outrage, we have only managed to lock away our problems and feign disbelief when the system explicitly fails.
What then should justice do? Should not our justice system be based on logic, not emotion. A system that works to help and heal, seeking betterment to all involved and the whole of society. Instead of the offender versus the state, should not the victim become the focus of needs, with the goal to restore the damage and harm done. Should not the offender be able to take responsibility, work to make amends for their wrongs, and receive the help and support to become a better person, overcoming their faults and failures.
Why then, do we not demand that justice do the hard work we need it to do? We must demand real change, moving away from the existing system and towards a restorative one. We can do so much better than letting our fellow citizens waste away, calling time in a cell justice. True tough on crime is allowing accountability, allowing restoration to happen and facilitating the conditions required to improve all lives involved. Accountability is facing those harmed, asking what can be done, and putting in the effort to make amends for the damage done.
Restorative justice is not some theoretical idea. It is the most human interaction we can achieve. It is the embodiment of justice, justice in action to restore those wronged and the damage caused. It is beyond time we seek true accountability through restorative justice.
• Date of Birth: 10/19/1988 (34 years old)
• Gender: Male
• Marital Status: Divorced
• Sexual Orientation: Straight
• Race: White
• Ethnicity: Not Hispanic or Latino
• Eye Color: Brown
• Hair Color: Brown
• Height: 6 ft.
• Body Type: Average
• Hometown: Montevideo, Minnesota (USA)
• Spoken Languages: English
• Religion: N/A
• Astrological Sign: Libra
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• Incarcerated Since: 2018
• Sentence Received: 30 years
• Earliest Release: 2028