Michigan’s mentally ill/solitary confinement prisoners: How brin science can help

Velthuysen, Christopher John



Michigan’s Mentally Ill/ Solitary Confinement Prisoners: How Brain Science Can Help—What I Did or Didn’t Do to Curb my Mental Instabilities, Anger Issues, and Sexual Impulses I am an inmate who has been incarcerated for (30) years now, and as a juvenile lifer—second degree murder of my sister- and as a mentally unstable individual until 45 years of age; I wish to share my opinions of what I have done to curb my mental illness, anger and sexual impulses of the vulgar persuasion. While my advice, or techniques might not work for everyone, but if I can help anyone (but it one person); then I’ve completed my reason for this essay! When I was found guilty I was 17 years old, had no juvenile history, nor was never in trouble with the law at all: had no knowledge of the law, courts, or case law; so had to rely on (indigent attorney)/ appointed by the court; who never saw me in the county jail until sentencing; (now deceased); and was given bad advice by my then attorney and I paid for it dearly. After given “life” plus two years for the felony—firearm, I was sentenced mentally ill—but guilty I have never considered myself mentally ill, or unstable but the court ruled I was, so I was—just didn’t want to admit it! Now that I have a real chance of parole in 2019, or 2024; for sure—(need six votes to go to a public hearing), (last time 2014, I received three votes); and have a very high probability of parole guidelines score eight plus; and the amount of time and letter of recommendation for parole I have; I have a higher percentage of parole than others in my situation (25% to 60%)!; I have to correct my mental illness, anger, and sexual impulses that have plagued me my whole prison bit—time! 1) I signed for a sex addicts anonymous course, have received a sponsor, and am currently on step 3 out of 12 steps. Have read the booklets, books and pamphlets they supply you with free; I correspond weekly, bi-weekly, monthly with my sponsor at: ISO at SAA- P.O. Box 70949 – Houston, TX. 77270 – www.info@saa-recovery-org – (713) 869- 4902. I have read and study my purchased book called: “Every Young Man’s Battle” by: Stephen Arterburn, Fred Stoeker, and Mike Yorkey; (cost $15.99 from Amazon.com); where they have helped me overcome victory of sexual temptations that I struggle with—mainly pornographic pictures/ movies and letters from girlfriend! I have removed all of my pornographic books I have out of my cell, all my slutty pictures I gave away, I deleted off of my television my channels that show porno movies; I gave away my magazines and catalogs of porno stars, and I wrote all my letters to my girlfriends telling them that I didn’t want anymore letters of pornographic nature , nor photos! This process seems to help 2. My mental health, I’ve seen a psychologist weekly, who I talk to; and he placed me in a start-up program to get back to a general population setting; where I won’t be confined 24/7, and can keep busy at work, programs, library, gym, Etc. 3. I took anger management classes in 2006-2007, group counseling classes weekly impulse control classes weekly, and this has greatly helped me! So, in conclusion I have stabilized and I feel am ready for a shot at society again with the right attitude. P.s. feel free to write to me for: advice, encouragement, or whatever, and I’ll gladly respond back! Christopher J Velthuysen

Author: Velthuysen, Christopher John

Author Location: Michigan

Date: June 13, 2018

Genre: Essay

Extent: 3 pages

If this is your essay and you would like it removed from or changed on this site, refer to our Takedown and Changes policy.

Takedown and Changes Policy
Browse More Essays