If there is one characteristic that is common among those who are incarcerated it is a defiant or an unwillingness to relate to authority. They are constantly in conflct with authority. They are rebel without a clue!

In school, they are constantly resisting authority whether it is a teacher or a principal. As a juvenile probation I sent many to the Job Corps program, but these young people were dismissed from the program because they couldn't relate to authority. For many of them going into the Armed Forces would be a golden opportunity, but they are quickly discharged because they cannot or will not follow orders. Their defiant attitude restricts them from becoming successful in the military.

On one occasion, I was a director of a boys home in Nashville, where I was called almost every day by hotels, motels, and restaurants, who needed these boys to work in these facilities. Unfortunately, I watch these boys go to work late and leave their work location early. They cursed out their supervisors and their work performance was pathetic. Therefore, I had to stop the work program because they wouldn't listen and follow instructions. They restricted their opportunities because they were defiant and disobedience to the authority over them.

Likewise, I see so many of them who are adults who can't keep a job because they are defiant and will not relate to authority. They are rebels without a clue. They don't have a clue about the importance of relating properly to authority. Therefore, they restrict all the opportunities in the world to have a successful career or job. If you can't relate to authority in school and get some education or training. If you cannot go into the Armed Forces and relate properly to authority and if you are in constant conflict with your employer because you cannot relate to authority. The end result is they must make money by criminal activities.

They will sell drugs or steal to have any source of income. But they are failure as criminals judging by the many times they are caught and then sent to prison. They are usually target by the police in the community because they stay in conflict with them. Their reputation precedes them as their defiant attitude and criminal history will "snitch" them out or tell on them. It is a no brainer to the police to figure who did it.

Therefore, they end up in a correctional facility where they are told what to do and when to do it.  Every aspect of their life is controlled by authority every day and every hour.  This becomes the only place that they can survive in!  Hopefully, they will learn to relate to authority so they can survive in the free world!

Therefore, they end in an institution where they are told constantly told what to do and when to do it. Every aspect of their life daily is controlled by authority.  But this is their comfort zone!

Therefore, they end in an institution where they are constantly told what to do and when to do it. Every aspect of their life is regulated b

Therefore, they are sent to a correctional institution where every aspect of their lives is regulated by authority. They are constantly told what to do and when to do it. But in an institution they soon learn that they will have consequences for their defiant attitude. Their defiant attitude will not be tolerated. So many of these defiant individuals will vent their anger on correctional officers by cursing them out or threatening them. These individuals are at war with authority; whether it is a parent, a teacher, a principal, a policeman, a sergeant, a boss, a correctional officer or even the Lord.

So many of them grew up in homes where the father is absence, abusive, or abandon them. Therefore, they hate male authority. They live in a world that is a matriarch society where the mother is the final authority. Usually, this mother will control her sons until they are thirteen years and then they begin to overpower their mother. It is also true that the source of our defiant attitude is our Adamic, sinful nature that is defiant, rebellious, and disobedience. The Word of God declares: "The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9)

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