A woman has openly opened up about the many ways in which being white – and having financial privileges – helped her avoid going to prison for several years.
Jennifer Jordan, 36, originally from Virginia, wrote an honest essay for The Marshall Project, where she explains how she "confused" law enforcement officers when she was arrested because she was an "educated white girl."
Jordan, who is now a beekeeper in Charlotte, North Carolina, was in jail and juvenile facilities from the age of 14 to 21, including one year at the Bon Air juvenile correctional facility in Bon Air, Virginia.
Honest: Jennifer Jordan, 36, has been candid about the many ways in which being white – and having financial privileges – helped her avoid going to prison
She began her essay by recounting how once a judge sentenced her to three years of probation instead of nine years in prison, discrediting the idea that "luck" allowed her to leave the judicial system and attribute it to "privilege."
"Almost 14 years later, luck is no longer the first word I can think of …", he wrote.
"When I consider how I avoided nine years in prison, instead of getting three years on probation, the word I think now is privilege."
Jordan recalled some of the observations he heard on several occasions during his arrests, including, "You should not be here," but, you're so smart & # 39; and & # 39; What a waste & # 39;
"As a white, educated girl, I confused everyone I met in the application of the law," he said.
Then Jordan described the various ways in which her family's support, including financial help, helped her change her life.
It was his mother, he said, who paid to rescue her several times, which meant he was able to wear his own clothes instead of an orange jumpsuit during his court dates.
Judicial system: Jordan served time in jail and in facilities for children under 14 to 21 years of age. She was seen at the juvenile correctional facilities of Bon Air in Virginia in an old photo she shared on Instagram.
Sincere: Jordan also shared photos of some of her latest arrest warrants from the Norfolk Criminal Court in Virginia on Instagram
His mother also paid part of the money that Jordan needed to cover his visits to the probation office every month, which cost him $ 30 each time.
Having money meant that Jordan could pay for legal aid, which in turn helped her get a job while waiting to be sentenced on felony charges in Norfolk, Virginia.
Jordan once shared a photo of three previous arrest warrants from the Norfolk criminal court in Virginia, all for serious crimes. One of the orders includes an accusation of "intentionally or intentionally" [possessing] heroin, a controlled substance in Schedule I. "
"While on probation, he drank a lot, smoked marijuana and did not attend the Narcotics Anonymous meetings he was supposed to do," Jordan wrote.
"Fortunately, my probation officer seemed satisfied that I kept my job and arrived at his office on time every month, and he never gave me a drug test.
"Getting rid of my old habits was a process that took time, and I had a level of invisibility that gave me the space to change.
"I also met many people who have not enjoyed that same privilege."
Occupation: Jordan is now a beekeeper in Charlotte, North Carolina. She appears in an Instagram photo next to some of the bees she tends to
Jordan's mother gave her daughter her own old car, which made it easier for Jordan to find a job.
Thanks to the car, Jordan was able to spend only 30 minutes driving to see his probation officer, instead of traveling for two and a half hours to get there.
Jordan's mother paid him back to college, covered his medical bills and paid a house for his daughter.
Jordan noted in an Instagram post that financial privilege, even more than race, played a role in helping her change her life.
"Yes, race is an important player when it comes to discussions about privilege, particularly with regard to the criminal justice system," he wrote.
"But I would say that our judicial system is not designed to give the poor an opportunity, no matter what color they are.
"We must fix the bail system and make sure that everyone has access to quality legal representation.
"In addition, we need more community resources for those struggling with drug addiction, homelessness and untreated mental disorder."