A Father’s Words

There are times, when I read something so profoundly moving, I’m left speechless. This is one of those times.

Whitney Smith was a criminal. Make no mistake about that. He was in prison for crimes he committed. However, there’s a fine line between paying one’s debt to society and having that debt overwhelm you.

On Saturday night, Whit took his life, no longer able to cope with the horrors of incarceration. There may be many who won’t shed a tear, or think “Don’t do the crime, if  you can’t do the time.”. What these people forget, is they still have families, fathers, mothers, sisters brothers, daughters and sons.  There are those who still care, even though society would have you believe they have no worth.

Whit had worth to his Father, and I urge you all to take a moment and read the post his Father wrote.


5 thoughts on “A Father’s Words

  1. That was touching.

    I’ve always believed, in the case of crime and addiction, it’s never black and white. No one wants to be a bad person, right, but life sometimes fling poop at you, and, well, you might make some very bad choices. Sad to see such a young man is gone. Thanks for sharing that, Scott. 🙂

    Louise xox

  2. Thank you for sharing that, Scott. Sometimes circumstances force people into a mental disconnect that allows us to become people we never dreamed of being in other times and places.

  3. Agreed. While we all like to think we’d never do anything that warrants prison; so did many of those already there. Had prisons not become privitized, I’m convinced a good portion of those behind bars wouldn’t be there.

  4. The privitization of things like prisons has led to a lot of abuses. There was the juvenile court judges in PA who were getting kickbacks from the company running the juvie prison. They were tossing kids into it under a quota system kind of thing, often over minor stuff that never should have gotten the kids locked up in the first place.

  5. I am Jeff, Whit’s father. Thank you, Raingod, for posting that. The words I read at his memorial are true and painful, but even eclipsed by what others had to say about his essence and character. Whit had in fact robbed a bank, without a weapon, and was given a 6 1/2 sentence in a maximum security Federal prison. He always accepted responsibility for his actions, and wrote powerfully and vividly of life in solitary confinement, where he spent the last 15 months of his life at the whim of the administration, during which he was allowed no visits. Previously I had driven to Terre Haute monthly for 6-hour visits. My son was beginning to find his voice through his blog, and that process was supposed to save him and help him return home whole. He was my life.

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