Category Archives: James Chambers

Parole is on the table again in washington ! and it is needed in our state because we have peaple serving 20 years or more for nonviolent crimes like myself ! i recieved a 39 year sentence for drug offenses in 1999 and wont be released until 2027 by the way this is my first time in prison ! if nothing changes ! i have served this time with my family by my side i watched my six kids grow up in visit room ! i know watch my grandchildren grow up in visit room ! my mother children and grandchildren are what keep me strong i have managed to become a positive force inside the prison my passion has become teaching men how important they are to their children and that they can still be positive role models and that they must stay involved in childrens lives because nothing can replace a fathers love and i also teach them the statistics of children of incarcerated parents that 7 out of 10 children end up in system and that is very scary for fathers but i have managed to stay involved with every fathering program like long distance dads i taught for 10 years at mcneil island correction center and now im teach parenting inside out and i love watching fathers really get it ! also i have remand infraction free for 17 years and my family and friend have stood by me though all these years i believe eveyone deserves a second chance and out washington state legislators need to come to prisons meet with the men and women serving these crazy sentences and see that we are sons, fathers , grandpa, and moms and daughters , and grandma, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters ! oru legislators need to put faces and stories to this problem

James Chambers
DOC #743702

Washington Courts

It Amazes Me That Our Wa. State courts just can not fix things that are wrong when there has been an injustice in our justice system ! I have personally been fighting illegal convictions and illegal sentences ! From Pierce County for the last 10years and have won had it fixed and 3years later another court reverse that and this involves 18 years of prison time i was actually released after 14 years in prison in 2013 june 11th and on june 13th was calle by my community corrections officer and told that my case was reinstated and asked me to cometurn my self in at her office thats what i did i was there within a hour ! she was shocked that i showed up but i told her im not the same man that was arrested 14 years prior ! so i have now been back in prison for 2 years and 5 months fighting appeal on same issues that are still there from first appeal and my attorney that was court appointed misargued a few things and i just recieved notice that out Wa. Supreme Court just denied review of my case ! so basically they are saying that it is ok for prosecutors to charge and convict peaple illegally and they will let it stand ! im far from attorney and i figured all this stuff out in our very poorly operated law libarary ! so basically my release date went from 2027 to 2014 back to 2027 ! my family and i were both very devasted ! i was transferred to work camp in 2010 and worked in community every single while there and was accepted into parenting program for early release so i could be home with my kids and only peaple that are not threat are acce[pted oin this program !

Should the courts have a duty to fix serious errors with peaple serving time in prison for convictions that are illegal ? should there be away to raise these issues and have them reviewed and fixed ? because it is clear in my rulings the courts seem to not even be looking at these things ! is it crazy that someone wins an appeal and gets released then turns themselves in and is now looking at serving 10 more years! is it crazy that we have prosecutors office in Pierce County that is under investigation for all kinds of abuses of the law and they are getting away with having me serve 40year sentence for nonviolent drug offenses and having lots of errors with my cases and cant even get the powers that be to look at it ? prosecutors should be prosecuted for abusing the law ! im praying and trusting god will bring this to light and someone will do what is right ! thank for reading this my family and are fighting this to the end. Please feel free to leave any comments, or my info is on the CONTACT page.

James Chambers
DOC #743702

Prison Reform

How come when ever there is talk about prison reform it turns into talk about race ? Im here to tell you it is not a race thing it is a poor person thing ! I know just my personal story is i received 39 year sentence for small amount of drugs , I was not drug king pin. the fact is prosecutors have to much power. Our states sentencing guidelines are crazy thats what needs to change. The public that pays the price needs to know the truth ! The fact is if your poor and cant afford counsel and to bail out , Your chance of going to prison is very good . Not only that but you will be receiving much longer sentence . And while your in prison you will be forced to take on debts . Court cost fines , cost of incarceration, , plus prison debts , medical ,postage debts. Along with many others but the crazy part is that all court cost , fines all are charged 12% interest compounded yearly !

James Chambers
DOC #743702

Prisoners that throw their lives away after release !

I have had a few very good friend that get out of prison after serving 10 or more years in prison ! That get and do so good for few years ! but sadly it only last awhile and they end up thinking they can gamble and drink and stay drug free but it quickly over takes them ! I have had three of them die of overdoses ! leaving children and loved ones broken hearted It is hard for me to understand i have been in prison for 16 years and have learned so much about myself and I know I can never do those things because addictive behavior is always there ! It is just very hard for me to see men that have so much potiental just throw their lives away ! After taking so much from their families already , I know that it breaks my heart and I pray for their families with all my heart ! What I would do to have a chance to go home and be afather to my children and a grandfather to my grandchildren , a son to my mother and brother to my sisters ! Which we a take for granted ! It is just another sad story for another family god please bless all men and woman getting out of prison with wisdom ! to do what is right !

James Chambers
DOC #743702

Trying To Get Prisoners To Work Together !

We have great chance to actaully make a huge change in WA State ! If we could all just get on same page. There is very amazing group of peaple fighting to bring back parole in our state ! We are fighting to bring it back for peaple who have serve 15 years or more in prison. Because it has been shown that they actually have the greatest chance of success and lowest recidivism rate . But you would not believe how hard it is to get peaple to have their families and love ones just to go to website to sign up to support this movement. To make this huge change takes tons of support. In WA state we have over 5000 inmates serving 20 years or more and lots of those have served 15 years or more already ! Like my self I have served 16 years already for non violent drug crimes I recieved 461 months which 39 years i had one prior conviction for 3 pot plants. I was convicted as first time offender! I never served a day in jail prior to my arrest in 1999 ! I was a drug addict with a very serious gambling addiction also ! I was not a drug king pin and was never caught with large amounts of drugs or money ! The crazy part of all this is with all the inmates serving all this time there has only been 500 or so friend and family that have signed up to support the wacoalitionforparole.org ! I will be writing more about this issue thank you for taking time to read this !

James Chambers
DOC #743702

Amazing Love Story

My baby and I had a greatday lora always knows how to make me smile and she is so strong ! It is great to have such an amazing connection with such and beautiful woman. She was waiting for me to get into visit room loaded for bear because ,I have been talking crap all week about whoopin her in yahtzee .Which for the first 6 games i did exactly that but she was not giving up we pleayed 12 games and she won 5 by the end ! then we played some monopoly and i won that ! Lora was not done she wanted to play somemore yahtzee, and she won 5of 6games . But the awesome part was during this great visit we have conversations about life and each other . This woman and I really have such deep love for each other . I love hearing her deepest feelings and the honesty , That is so rare in relationships these days . We spend hours talking and enjoying every moment we get to spend together. It is so special and we both know it thats whats so great ! I could not ask for more amazing woman . Love is something to always appreciate ! It is so cool to pray with her before she leaves ! I love her with all my heart

James Chambers
DOC #743702

Amazing Love Story

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I spoke to lora on sunday night while she was laying in bed. She was very tired because she works very hard.But she was very excited about our visit as was I ! I love talking to my baby when she is all relaxed. It is nice to be able to tell her how much i love her ,Before we go to sleep. It is really hard to get off the phone Even though i know i will see her in morning.But we get our 60 second notice that phone call is about to end ,which always comes way to quickly .So i hurry to tell her how much i love her and to be careful on drive down to visit . I head off to my cell and get on my knees to pray. Thank god for all the blessings in my life. I wake up in morning feeling great and very happy i get to see the woman i love in few hour . But i still have acouple of things to do , I have church from 9am to 11am . It is great service ,But i have to hurry back to unit and get in shower and get changed for visit . It is great to have such aloving dependable woman in my life! I know it is no easy task to get here , It is long drive and a process just to get in to prison for our visit then i hear my name being called i quickly head to visit room ! and see my amazing baby sitting waiting for me ! her smile is so bright and her eyes light up it is so nice to see her !

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As i walk toward table my baby stands up and gives me an amazing kiss and hug ,I try to hold her as long as i can it feels so good t ohave her in my arms ! She already has yahtzee and monopoly games o table .i have been telling her all week about how i was going to kick her butt in what ever games we play ! I ask her how the trip was down to see me. She tells me it was pretty nice , And she shows me her new sandels she just bought . My baby is looking super sexy. She is always smiling when she is with me . She instantly starts setting up game of yahtzee , Which really doesnt turn out to good for me ,I got a pretty bad whoopin she won all six games we played . We also talk about whats going on with life . How things are going ,But time really flies by when Im with her it moves way to quickly. But she has one more mission beating me in monopoly which she does ! She always treats me so good ,We have such greattime . It so nice to have such amazing woman in my life . But it sure is hard when she has to leave,I appreciate every minute i get with her .Im always looking forward to next monday when I get to see her again ! Im so grateful that she is all mine !

James Chambers
DOC #743702