My oldest son is going to be 25 yrs old this month. On May 1st he was sentenced to 5 yrs. in prison for willful injury & going armed with intent. Last summer he went to aid a friend who was getting into an argument with a couple guys. He had a pocket knife that he always carried, he didn't just put it in his pocket just to take with him that night. He's always carried one since he got his first one from his dad & I as a Birthday gift when he was about 13 yrs. old. But, on THIS night, he got into a fist fight he couldn't win. He was on the losing end, & pulled out his knife & stabbed the guy in the chest, missing his heart by inches! The guy is OK now, & it never should have happened, I know. My son has been in trouble for fighting, DUI's, driving while barred, amongst other stuff since he was around 14 yrs old. That's when I divorced his step-father who had helped raise him since he was born.
His step dad exited his life at that point & never looked back. His biological father is disabled from a terrible car accident, even though he loves our son, he really can't help much. I worry everyday that someone is going to hurt him in there! Sometimes I can't stop crying until I cry myself to sleep. His bio father spent time in prison when he was about the same age as our son, & he was raped!!! And he made the mistake of telling me about it & now I'm scared to death for my boy! Do any of you know anything about how prisoners are or aren't protected? He's in a medium security State Pen in Iowa.
Any words of incouragement would be greatly appreciated!!!