Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
ridemyjansen

Just moved back to Sydney from Los angeles

Recommended Posts

Finally, after 8 years of living in the shit hole that is L.A i'm finally home. Yeap, so I'm starting a new life here at 21 yo, and everything here's pretty new to me and i don't know anyone here so i have some questions for you guys.

 

1. Regarding Uni.- Is a U.S 12th grade highschool diploma sufficient to get into a N.S.W college? or will i have to take the HSC? I was working towards a degree in Business Admin in the U.S, are there any Uni's that specialize in Business, or are they all just General?

 

2. What's a relatively cheap suburb to move to that's still close to the city?

 

3. Any recommendations are far as clubs/hangouts to go to?

 

4. Coming from a Foreign drivers license, will i have to go through the L and P phases of getting a drivers license?

 

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

1. UNSW or UTS.

2. Campsie, Canterbury, ... easy access to city via train

4. You can convert your licence, but have to go thru from L - P, but you dont have to wait between period such as 1 year from L - P, 2 years from Red - Green. you can go from L - P after few weeks, and from Red - Green depend on your period of having your over sea licence.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Been there, hell hole. It's like any aussie city, only dirty and full of people with guns who want your wallet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Been there, hell hole. It's like any aussie city, only dirty and full of people with guns who want your wallet.

 

Yeah. pretty much. lol. It was an alright city before i got arrested on some bullshit technicality ( Wrong place, wrong time kinda deal) and did a year and a half in California prison for it. Maybe that's why my opinion of L.A's so biased. <_>

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Been there, hell hole. It's like any aussie city, only dirty and full of people with guns who want your wallet.

 

Yeah. pretty much. lol. It was an alright city before i got arrested on some bullshit technicality ( Wrong place, wrong time kinda deal) and did a year and a half in California prison for it. Maybe that's why my opinion of L.A's so biased. <_>

:o:o

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Been there, hell hole. It's like any aussie city, only dirty and full of people with guns who want your wallet.

 

Yeah. pretty much. lol. It was an alright city before i got arrested on some bullshit technicality ( Wrong place, wrong time kinda deal) and did a year and a half in California prison for it. Maybe that's why my opinion of L.A's so biased. <_>

 

Pretty full on. What happened?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Been there, hell hole. It's like any aussie city, only dirty and full of people with guns who want your wallet.

 

Yeah. pretty much. lol. It was an alright city before i got arrested on some bullshit technicality ( Wrong place, wrong time kinda deal) and did a year and a half in California prison for it. Maybe that's why my opinion of L.A's so biased. <_>

 

 

 

Theres a few stories in there.

 

lets hear em.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Been there, hell hole. It's like any aussie city, only dirty and full of people with guns who want your wallet.

 

Yeah. pretty much. lol. It was an alright city before i got arrested on some bullshit technicality ( Wrong place, wrong time kinda deal) and did a year and a half in California prison for it. Maybe that's why my opinion of L.A's so biased. <_>

 

welcome home mate,

 

please do tell us about your experience.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

lol. One including being stalked whilst trying to pick up some bourito's from dell taco! :lol:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's a long story but i'll try to give you guys the brief version. I involuntarily and unknowingly helped someone i knew commit burglaries. He would ask me to drop him off at "Friends" houses. I'd drop him off and that was it. I did this about 10 times. I later discovered he'd robbed every house i dropped him off at. 2 days before cops raid my house, he calls me and says that he's moving out of his parents house, and asks if he can store a few boxes in my garage. I regrettably said yes.

 

Two days later, i wake up to hear a tow truck towing my car out of my driveway :huh: . And before i could say wtf, police cars are swarming my house and blocking off the street. I was arrested for 12 counts of Residential Burglary, and thanks to our California Governator, there are no such things as accessory to Burglary or Robbery. I was held just as liable as the burglar, despite not having a damn thing to do with it. Inside the boxes my friend had at my house was stolen property from the said houses. :yes: . Yeap, my friend set me up with the cops.

 

Residential Burglary: Penal code 459C carries a sentence of 2,4 and 6 years + Mandatory strike for each count., based on a judges descretion. 12 counts of the burg x 6 years . I was facing a possible life sentence.

 

As for the person I drove who actually did the burgs. Because he was a couple of months younger than me the cops made a deal with him first . If he turned over on me and agreed to testify in court that i drove him there, he would get minimal time. I fought my case in Van Nuys Superior Court in L.A for a year and a half. At my first court hearing, i had just turned 18 years old by the way. The District attorney said " Mr. Harris, considering your age and lack of criminal record, I'll be leinient, 8 years prison time and 3 years probation". It took me 2 judge changes, 3 district attorney changes, 3 lawyers, and over 100k in legal fees to get the deal of 1 1/2 years total time in the CDC ( California Dept. of Corrections) and 2 Strikes ( Under California law if you have 3 strikes you automatically get put in jail for 25 years to life.) If i so much as stole a candy bar in the future, that would be it.

 

I went from L.A county Jail. One of the worst and most dangerous jails in the world, (67 killings in 2006 alone) to Chino State Prison where my name was forfeited for CDC inamte F67718Z and where I did the bulk of my time. After Prison they transferred me to Mira Loma Det. Facility where i awaited deportation, and was two months later on the plane back to sydney (Fri. 20/08/08).

 

As for the guy who set me up. He did 3 weeks in jail and is now in witness protection.

 

So here I am now in Sydney. Thank god. Now at 21 years old, I'm starting a new life here, Still adjusting to being free, trying to put my life back together. Looking into going to Uni and finishing the degree I had to postpone in the U.S.

 

And I dont know anyone in this country anymore, so add me on myspace http://www.myspace.com/lukeharris

 

Well, that's my story, If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

Edited by ridemyjansen

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

HOLY SH!T!

 

Your story brings a new meaning to the word OWNED! (Not trying to be funny here)

 

1.5yrs is alot of time when you are innocent.

 

I recently spent alot of time with someone who has done a few years time, in Melb and QLD, he told me everything there is to know about prison, how it all works, what goes down, etc. And it doesnt sound TOO bad, he spent the majority of his time either working out or in his cell watching TV every night.

 

He gave me lots of pointers if i ever end up behind bars, like how to ensure you 100% will be put in your own cell, not with a cellmate, etc.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not to negate the seriousness of Aussie Prison, but i think U.S Prison is atleast 100x worse. Considering we couldn't even have T.V's because we'd weapons out of them.lol. Everytime i went out to the recreation yard, it could crack off between the blacks and the Surenos( Southern Mexicans) within minutes, with atleast 3 stabbings daily. Tear gas, block guns, tasers and ar 15's were an everyday thing for me. I can't imagine an aussie prison being like that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm sure your friend probly gave you the same advice people gave me when i was in.

 

" You're gonna see a lotta shit happen on a daily basis. The cardinal rule of prison, is STFU, you did hear anything, you didnt see anything and so dont say anything". "Reputation is everything here, make a reputation for yourself and be willing to die to defend it".

 

I still remember my first day in Prison. Before being released into general pop. the guard said " Ok, you're running with the Islanders and asians, you guys are at war with the Surenos, the bulldogs, and the Skins, Good luck Step in." I was seriously about to shit my pants at that moment.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wow... So did you get into any strife at all? Make any wrong moves or say any wrong things?

 

I can't even count how many mistakes i made and how many times i should've been stabbed or jumped. In prison there's a strict ettiquete you have to follow. Can't cross certain rows of bunks, can't use the same toilets, sinks or phones as other races etc. There's a rule called 1 up and 1 down, where if you want to sleep someone of the same race has to be awake to stay on guard in case something cracks off. Little things like that can get you into a lot of trouble there, and i f'd up so many times, it's a miracle nothing serious happened/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thats pretty harsh mate. glad to hear your ok though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

:o

 

Almost like watching an episode of America's Hardest Prisons!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
:o

 

Almost like watching an episode of America's Hardest Prisons!

 

but on nissansilvia

you could make a movie from this

 

*Movie ad guy*

1 innocent friend

1 dog *enchilada*

1.5 years in Prison

Luke Harris is just about to find out how hard it is spending time on the inside

this years feel good movie

 

The Bystanderrrrrrrr

 

:lol:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Your 1 up, 1 down rule, how does that work?

 

eg; 1 white boy is awake while 50 white boys sleep?

 

How many people per cell?

 

That prison sounds hell bad compared to the few my mate has been in.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fark man sorry to hear, that sounds like the most f**k'd up situation to be in ever.

 

I would have pulled a runner rather than deal with going to jail for a crime i didnt commit (easier said than done, I know).

 

 

Glad to hear your out, I can see why youve put it all behind you and moved back down here, def a slower pace than the U.S.

 

I guess you'll be more careful with the company you keep now, right.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm surprised you managed to get here with your crimnal record, albeit innocent. Not too sure, just going on what i see on TV :P

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I'm surprised you managed to get here with your crimnal record, albeit innocent. Not too sure, just going on what i see on TV :P

 

pretty sure hes an australian citizen, as he has come home from LA.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

21 your still very young. criminal record is that internationally covered? i could see that being an issue later in life looking for a professional employment

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The little shit got witness protection and is set for the rest of his life, now I can see why he put you in.

 

I couldn't believe the stuff the authorites let happen in the US jails, definitely 100x worse. Still, nutters are nutters.

At least here, they get lock down, so they can at least feel safe during the night.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I'm surprised you managed to get here with your crimnal record, albeit innocent. Not too sure, just going on what i see on TV :P

 

pretty sure hes an australian citizen, as he has come home from LA.

 

Yeah, i'm an australian citizen. I moved to L.A when i was 13 years old.

 

 

21 your still very young. criminal record is that internationally covered? i could see that being an issue later in life looking for a professional employment

 

My criminal record doesn't leave U.S soil.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

1 up,1 down is Only for dorm settings. If you have a cell you can pretty much sleep whenever you want to, unless you have a shady cellie.

Usually people of the same race are bunked up together, ie: 2 whites to an over/underbunk. While the upper bunk sleeps the lower watches out and vice versa. At night, the representatives of each race get together and make an agreement that there will be no attacks that night. If not, everyone stays awake and you're assed out if you wanna sleep.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

insane! could write a book about your experiences. no doubt get on today tonight or a current affair. earn some quick cash for your efforts!

 

sucks big time you had to do time man. feel pretty sorry for you! hope nothing bad happened to you (you know what i mean....)

 

would definitely like to know more about how prison was over there. make any cool friends? did they know you were aussie? did you still have the accent? bet they picked on you for it too. what was your daily routine like? wake up times, sleep times. what was lunch and dinner etc like?

 

- Jamie

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
insane! could write a book about your experiences. no doubt get on today tonight or a current affair. earn some quick cash for your efforts!

 

sucks big time you had to do time man. feel pretty sorry for you! hope nothing bad happened to you (you know what i mean....)

 

would definitely like to know more about how prison was over there. make any cool friends? did they know you were aussie? did you still have the accent? bet they picked on you for it too. what was your daily routine like? wake up times, sleep times. what was lunch and dinner etc like?

 

- Jamie

 

Well, Let me describe my incarceration from the start. L.A county jail Commonly referred to as "The Twin Towers" is in downtown L.A. A jail built for 10,000 inmates currently houses 33,000. Before you're housed in the Gen. Pop. You have to go through booking and classification. This is where they fingerprint, DNA swap, strip you ass hole naked and search you. After that you're marched to a shower block about as long as a football field. You shower and are given the "County Blues" a blue jail uniform. They then see what gang you're from, if any. Then house you accordingly with your allies and away from your enemies.

 

There are 4 major sides to run with in L.A jail.

-The woods (White/Caucasain)

-The Blacks - Blood

- Crip

- The Sureno's - Southern Mexican gang members or (Ese's) all run in this group despite if they're from rival gangs on the street. They're united in jail

- The Others- Asians, Islanders, Middle Eastern, Indian, European

 

You're program daily consists mainly or working out, reading, talking to people or watching T.V. Every night before you go to sleep, each race does it's battle cry. lol. sounds stupid i know, but if you laugh at any race while their doing it, it's a death sentence.

 

The Woods ofcourse say "White power"

Surenous say " Puro sur threce" Translated " Pure south side 13

Bloods " Soo woop"

Crips " Cuh-Rip"

It seems stupid, but it's pretty intimidating when 100 people are doing it.

 

When people f**k up, they get " Disciplined" at the back of the dorm, where there arn't any cameras.

Usually happened to all the newcomers, they'd go back there and come back with black eyes and bloody noses. lol.

 

Well, that pretty much sum's up jail. Prison is a completely different world. All the stupid rules that exist in jail are intensified 10 fold in jail. For starters, instead of being jumped when you f**k up, you get stabbed. People there play for keeps. That shit they say about Prison rape is true. The punks who don't stand up for themselves are raped, pimped, and sold. In prison, you're reputation is everything. As long as you keep to yourself, and stand up for yourself when the time comes, you'll be fine.

Be ready to fight anytime. Anything less and you're a goner.

 

I've seen riots between almost everyrace/gang in prison. It's not a good thing to experience, trust me. Ontop of the confusion of a bunch of muscle bound idiots trying to figure out who's the enemy and who to attack. You have the guards firing every non lethal projectile known to man in every direction.

 

Needless to say, Prison f**king sucks.

Edited by ridemyjansen

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

×