Category Archives: Dickie Oppen Jr.


I have been pretty ill. I went in for the dreaded procedure of the Colin check for that nasty cancer. Good news there I am clean, But were it went bad was four hours after it was done I end up back in the hospital with septic shock, MRSA-Pneumonia, hypoxia, and tackacardia. I am now on oxygen for three to six months and maybe life. who knows the doc said it was up to how my body healed from this assault. My spirits are high and I am on the mend. Looking writing more and telling you about the exciting news about the S.H.I.P program. we are in the mits of creating the orientation process. For you that don’t know What ship is it’s an acronym for “Self-Esteem for the handicapped inside prisons. We are well on our way.

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Dickie Oppen Jr.
DOC #947545



Well my friends I now now what its like when the kid leaave the nest. My dog finished his training and has moved to his new place at theĀ PAWS rescue center. I sure hope he finds a home. He was a special dog that loved to be loyal and protective.
An update on the S*HIP Project. I have been in meetings with administration to hash out the plan. Sorry I have not wrote much lately but I had surgery on my dominate hand (right). will be up and writing in no time. Hope the weather is nice where you are and you are enjoying it. Me I am blessed and waiting for my new puppy. So for now I will rest and enjoy the weather. Be kind to one another, Gods grace is always present. If You Like to write I will respond. Pen-Pals are a great way to express each other and get to know the world. willyou write?
Love in Christ until then.


Dickie Oppen Jr.
DOC #947545


An attractive young woman was pulled over for speeding.
A Washington State Trooper walked up and flipped open
his ticket book. Wittingly she said “I bet you’re gonna
sell me a ticket to the State Troopers Ball?”

He replied, “Washington State Troopers don’t have balls.”
There was a moment of silence. He then closed his book,
tipped his hat, got back in his patrol car and left.’


Did you know that about 3.1% of the U.S adult population
are on supervision of some sort, that’s 1 in 34 adults.
Over the last few years on average there has been over
2 million ( .7%. of the U.S. population ) adults in prison
( County jails, U.S. Federal and State Prisons) that comes
to 1 in107 adults.
In 2007 the U.S. spent 74 billion on corrections. The total
number of inmates in federal, state, and local lockups
was 2,419,241. Thus the average cost to house each
Inmate was about $30,600.
There are 4,575 prisons in the U.S the highest for any
country. Russia comes in second with 1,029.
The U.S. has the highest documented incarceration rate
In the world.
The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population yet 25% of the
world’s prisoners!

Since I was a child I wanted to be somebody, but I should have
been more specific.
Q: What’s the difference between a good friend and a true friend?
A: A good friend will bail you out of jail, but a true friend will be
sitting next to you saying, “Dang that was fun! How we getting
When everything’s coming your way. You find out your in the
Wrong lane.
A blond is in jail.
The guard looks in his cell and sees him hanging upside down
by his feet. ” What the heck are you doing?” He asks.

“Hanging myself,” the blond replies.

“you’re doing it wrong!” says the guard.
“Why didn’t you put the rope around your neck?”

The blond replies, “I did! But I couldn’t breathe!”
Why is there a light in the fridge, and not in the freezer?
I’m ready to listen, are you ready to think?
If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t there more happy people?
If jimmy cracks corn and nobody cares, why is there a song
about him?
The saying goes “that’s the best thing since sliced bread.”
What was the best thing before sliced bread?

Everyone needs a laugh right? Have a great day,
be kind to one another.

Dickie Oppen Jr.
DOC #947545


It is by an intericate design of nature that success is a condition
that must be pursued and not attracted… We achieve rewards,
and we make progress not by our intense pursuit….but by
what we become .

We live in an environment in which there are laws, just as there
there is a law of gravity. If you fall off a buiding, it doesn’t matter
if you’re a good person or a bad person. You’re going to hit

I’ve been involved with many programs that are sponsored by
DOC and I have facilitated a good number of them as well.
This dog program is in a class of it’s own. Why would I say
that, you might ask.

I would have to say I found a new kind of resonsibility.
Taking care of something other then my needs.
Today it’s feed my dog. Take him out to go to
the bathroom no matter what time it is. and
just love and be his friend.

I have been in prison for years and I have become a person
of habit and those habits sometimes become distorted in
a negative way. Having a dog in my cell is a lot like having
a child Some would say.

I have only been in this program for two months and I feel
different. Like a sense of some personal change. This program
has helped me look into my personal space. Sometimes we
think to ask ourselves how we are feeling.

Our emotions are
valuable tools that can tell us what we are feeling and thinking:
Anger and even pride are negative emotions.

In the Dog Program
we have to lern to take a negative emotion and turn it into positive
emotion like Desire….Enthusiasm…..Faith…..Joy….etc etc….
My trainer tells me what ever your emotion is it BLEEDS DOWN
THE LEASH. Be aware of your emotions.

Robinson Crusoe once said, ” I am the master of all I survey.”
So I came to the freedom tails program with an open heart
and I an learning how to appreciate others opinions.

it’s not as easy as it looks. I sit in a wheelchair an train
from it. Some would say I can’t do it because of the types
of training that is needed to be done.

Well I have changed their opinion and now they see it is hard
work but I am told on a daily basis just how wrong they were.
I was going to quit because of the bad emotions I was feeling
but today that changed.

One of my biggest critics said to me
You have surpasses my wildest expectations. If you quit I will
be disapointed. This made me stronger and I will continue
and strive to be the best I can be.

Dickie Oppen Jr.
DOC #947545


To: My S*HIP project followers.
Great news to tell you. Stafford Creek Corrections Center
has agreed to pilot my project. We had a meeting today and
we layed down the ground work for this awsome project.

I have several staff asking how to get involved. This is the best
news I have had in sometime. Just wanted to give you an update.

Dickie Oppen Jr.
DOC #947545


The convict code is often spoken of but until now has never
Been seen. The myth surrounding the convict code, as being
a secret set of regulations that every prisoner must adhere to,
is a fallacy.

Our code is merely one of life. You need not be a prisoner t
live by it. Chances are, you have probably been living by
portions of “the code” for years.

The prison system can be brutal, and within these walls,
Darwin’s Law is the rule. Survival of the fittest is truly what
it is all about. Everyone is out to get everybody else being
fit both mentally and physically is a must even at the most
primitive level. If your senses are not keen and highly tuned
you can quickly find yourself being dominated by someone
who is a true scholar of Darwin’s teachings.


1. Mind your own business—do not worry about what anyone
else is doing.
2. Do not be a snitch–rats are vermin and are despised in
every culture.
3. Do not ask a lot of questions–ignorance is bliss in most
cases, and curiosity always kills the cat.
4. Never betray your friends and do not burn your bridges.
Build new bridges and get over your problems.
5. Keep your word–if you say you will do something,do it!!
No excuses.
6. Be your own man\woman–do not let others control you.t
7. Handle your own busiess–do not involve other people
in your problems; man up and deal with it yourself.
8. Watch your friend’s back–do not let anyone “attack” your
friend. Be aware of your environment at all times.
9. Give repect to get respect–act like a bully, get treated
like a bully.
10. Never rubber neck other cells–do not look into other
people’s cells or jump into thier conversation.
( see code #1).
11. Never sreal from another convict–prison thieves are
just as low as snitches.
12. Be “straight up” in all business dealings–do not engage
in shady practtices (see code #5).
13. Ride yourr own beef–if you get into trouble do not
Pull others down with you.
14. Go with the flow–if everone else is on a food strike,
do not be the only one eating in the chow hall.
15. Do not sweat the small stuff–if a friend borrows a pen
and it runs out of ink, do not blame your friend, just
buy a new pen. (just be grateful)
16. Stay alert–keep your eyes & ears open at all times.
17. Do not let others belittle you–never let someone call
you a derogatory or demeaning name.
18. Do not belittle others–never call anyone something
you would not want to be called.
19. Do your own time–don’t worry about everyone else
(see code #1)
20. Do not take everthing so serious–know when to
lighten up and chill.
21. Stay out of tbe ruumor mill–never repeat a rumor as
fact. If you cannot bring proof do not repeat it.
22. Never believe 100% of what you hear–this is prison,
someone is always trying to stir things up.
23. Help school those new to the system–do not just
stand by and let someone new to the system get
caught up.
24. Do not talk about other people–if you cannot keep
Quiet about what others have done, what else can’t
you keep quiet about!?! (see code#1 #2, #21, & #22).
25. Do not talk all the time–he who talks all the time has
nothing much to say. Learn to listen, and gather knowledge
to obtain wisdom.
26. Do not boast. Do not let your mouth make promises
your ass can’t keep.
27. If you borrow it and break it, you buy it, Man up and
offer to buy a new one. Don’t lie…
28. Live life to the “H.I.L.T.”–Honesty, Integrity, Loyalty,
29. Knowledge is power–keep your business to yourself.
Do not let everyone know what you are doing.
30. Never stop learning–you’ve got time; learn as much
as you can while you have the time. It will surprise
you where that knowledge will take you someday.
31. Last but not least–make amends with who you can,
Life is to short to hold a grudge. As the saying goes
( walk your own number)–this is your identification

* 1 Prison sentence
*1 Convict
*1 Code
Must serve at least 10 to 20 (years)

Dickie Oppen Jr.
DOC #947545


To: My S*HIP project followers.
Great news to tell you. Stafford Creek Corrections Center
has agreed to pilot my project. We had a meeting today and
we layed down the ground work for this awsome project.

I have several staff asking how to get involved. This is the best
news I have had in sometime. Just wanted to give you an update.

Dickie Oppen Jr.
DOC #947545