Foreword: “The Oakdale Chronicles” by Tony Casson

An article under the title “Foreword” was originally posted on April 21, 2010. My dear friend Diane Woodall replaced the original with this version on March 26, 2013. The original seemed rather ‘flip’ and amusing, and I realized there was nothing remotely ‘flip’ or amusing about what had led up to the creation of “The Oakdale Chronicles” …

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Father’s Day 2019

AUTHOR’S NOTE: What follows are 2 posts-from-the-past, The first, was written by my Son, Anthony, just a couple of months after I entered prison in 2010. The second was written by me, 3 years later. Anthony spent a couple of days this past week fixing a hack into TOC that re-directed people to a porn …

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Recycling An Opportunity

AUTHOR’s NOTE: This post originally appeared here in “The Oakdale Chronicles” on January 21, 2013. I was about midway through my incarceration at the Federal Correctional Institution at Oakdale, LA, and had joined a public speaking group many of you may be familiar with called Toastmasters International. I think this is an appropriate time to …

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Evil Is Seductive

(Author’s Note: What follows was originally posted in 5 parts here in The Oakdale Chronicles very early on during my incarceration. It is the story of my attempted suicide and the week that followed while I was kept in a hospital psychiatric unit in south Florida. I post it now because the anniversary of that …

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“Pavlov’s Prisoners and the Prison Program Paradox”

“Pavlov’s Prisoners and the Prison Program Paradox” “Pavlov’s Dog” illustration (Pavlov 1928 & Goodwin 1991, p. 138). On Tuesday, February 10, I attended a ‘criminal justice reform’ conference at the Washington Post in Washington, DC called “Out of Prison, Into Society.” It was very well attended by organizations and individuals interested in the current national …

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