The Criminal I Am

The Criminal I am – Student and Facilitator Manual

A 53 page PDF file. This is the manual for students and facilitators. It is designed to be read from by the facilitator, and individual pages handed out to the students as the course progresses so the students can follow along, and read later if so desired.

This program was created with hopes of making the convicted criminal aware of criminal traits they may possess.  It is based upon the results of a survey conducted at Martin Correctional Institution in Indiantown, Florida – a maximum-security prison which houses approximately 1,500 inmates convicted of every crime imaginable.  This survey took place in 2013 and was conducted by myself and several other inmates, who volunteered their help. The process required many months and considerable man-hours. This is, more than likely, the first undertaking of its kind. The survey was initially conducted for another work, “The Theory of Criminality.”  As the results came in, it became obvious that the information could be vital to someone trying to change their lifestyle.

The survey consisted of one hundred questions designed to shed light on two very complex issues. The first being the workings of the criminal mind. The second issue was to test the validity of surveys of this nature conducted in the conventional manner. By “conventional manner” I mean a survey conducted by authority figures with convicted criminals placing their name on the survey.

First of all, very few inmates are going to fill out a survey issued by prison personnel where the identity of the inmate is written right at the top of the form and give honest answers.  The reason for this is simple: inmates know that any of the divulged information could be used against them if it reveals negative or distorted thinking patterns.  In short, the average inmate knows better than to answer honestly.  This being the case, I created the survey to be filled out anonymously to eliminate the need for deception on the part of the inmate.  From my point of view, a lot was learned.  But for me, it was more conformation than revelation. I’ve studied the criminal for thirty continuous years. Since it was twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, I would imagine I can tout more experience than most. Firsthand experience, since I, too, lived within those fences.

The ultimate goal of The Criminal I Am program is to show its participants the criminal traits that reside within them, and direct them to a crime free lifestyle.