Incarcerate US Podcast Host Dant’e Cottingham Interviews Wolf Sittler from behind Prison walls. Dant’e is America’s 1st and Only Incarcerated Podcast Host.
Epicenter is a group for those who have loved ones serving excessive sentences within TDCJ, whose crimes were committed as juveniles. We are here to support each other as well as Texas Second Look 2019.
This bill will pave the way for major parole reform for juvenile offenders that have languished in the system for decades. “Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.” Acts 16:26 NKJV
My goal is to make the criminal justice system more fair, effective and accountable. We need to move beyond the point where money buys a higher quality of justice and beyond the age old notion of crime and punsihment…….move on to something like mistakes and consequences. We need to individualize the process and spend much more time and resources on the front end of the problem so fewer people end up in prison.
Wolf Sittler Bio
My connection with corrections began occasionally wrote letters to the editor. About three 1967 when I was a graduate student at the University of Minnesota in the School of Social Work. Every student gets placed in an agency during school to get hands-on experience.
I went to the Minnesota State Prison in Stillwater and spent nine months there, part-time, doing group work with prisoners. After graduation, I accepted a job as a probation/parole officer for the Minnesota Dept of Corrections. Three years later I left that job and began working for a drug treatment program…..that was followed by several years in vocational rehabilitation and then by three years in Family Counseling working with parents who were fighting over their kids during divorce proceedings. That took up close to 15 years after which I left social work and began self employment as a woodworker.
In 1982 I moved to Texas to marry a woman I met in Minnesota Not long after that I took a job with Travis County Adult Probation in the Intensive Treatment Unit. While it was called “treatment”, there were too few resources and not enough time to do the job well. That also lasted three years and I left after realizing that the system, as designed, could never do what it was intended to. For the past 30 years I have been a self employed woodworker. For reasons unknown to me, I never lost interest in the criminal justice system and occasionally wrote letters to the editor. Three years ago I got a letter from a woman who said her son wanted to connect with me after reading something I wrote. Turns out he was, and is, a prisoner, sentenced at age 17 to 50 years for trying to kill the guy who murdered his best friend. The murderer got 30 years!. Since meeting Aaron, we have developed a close relationship and we visit and write.
After meeting him the network grew and now I am in touch with a number of prisoners, all sentenced as juveniles to excessive terms. Aaron has been championing the cause of treating juveniles more fairly for some years now. While I think the entire system needs major transformation, I’m with Aaron in beginning the change process with a focus on juveniles sent to adult prisons. In fact I am in the process of planning a documentary about this subject with the goal of educating the public as well as politicians.