ABOUT TIME FOR JUSTICE FOUNDER
My mum and dad split when I was four years old; I decided to go with my mother.
Unfortunately, I was left without a male father figure. All I had was my pop. Unfortunately, he passed away from cancer. Rip Wessely Bruce Little. This was a hard time in my life, I was lost and confused, and I was raised in a way which was what I thought was normal.
My father was taken away from me at 10 years old, and he served a 16 year sentence. I went from seeing my father every school holiday to visiting him inside of a jail. Losing my dad had left me a bad impression of life on a very impressionable kid. I wouldn’t say I liked authority!
Times were pretty tough. Myself, mum and my little sister were living in housing commission. Mum did her very best to provide for us with any means necessary. A lot of other kids from the area had lost their fathers, whether they were in jail or not. They had the same attitude to authority that I did. After some time, we decided to make the break from NSW and moved to QLD.
When I was about 17 years old, I started getting in trouble with cops. I fucked up and went to a boys yard. There were a lot of terrible things happening there; unfortunately, I was caught up in abuse while I was there.
I went from high school, playing footy, going to the beach and hanging out with my friends and family to being locked up just like my father. I remember when I was in high school, I had been in trouble. The Principal pulled my mother in. The Principal said I would end up in jail just like someone else she knew, referring to my father.
When I turned 18, I was transferred to the men’s prison. I had no idea what to expect, especially after my abuse in the boy’s yard. When I got out, I started hitting the party scene, and I started taking lots of drugs, drinking and getting into fights. I ended up getting involved in street gangs. Eventually, I joined a crew. It was a place I felt was like family, I felt protected, a sense of brotherhood.
I started getting into more fights and I was getting involved in lots of violent events. I ended up getting charged again. I kept breaching my bail and ended up back in prison. At the time, there was a new VLAD law implemented in QLD (vicious lawless association disestablishment act). I was one of the first people to get charged. I was facing 25 years.
I was thrown into solitary confinement. I was made to wear pink jumpsuits, I only had one phone call a day, two hours yard time with no training equipment, no TV, no buyups, no contact visits, we struggled to even get a book. We were treated worse than paedophiles; there was lots of confrontation with the screws.
At that time, I started noticing that people I knew began to drop off when I needed them most. I began to question this lifestyle. When I got out, I kept on the same path. My father’s Parole was coming up, and some issues started to pop up because of the association with my friends. His parole officer told me that I couldn’t see him or I could possible get him locked back up as it was a breach of his parole conditions, due to my associations.
My dad was my life and role model in so many positive ways. I had spent my whole life dreaming of spending time with him. Having a relationship that was so important to me feel threatened was a horrible feeling. From a young age, I started visiting jails and doing jail phone calls and eventually going in myself. This started to become normal, but I decided I didn’t want to keep doing that and just wanted to spend time with my dad and rebuild our family.
So I left my old life behind, and that was it. I have now been working for three years full time in the same industry. I recently finished my tertiary preparation program and enrolled to start my Bachelor of Arts on the 22/02/20. I am studying part-time at USQ with the intentions to become a Lawyer and also to inspire young kids not to go down the same path that I had. I am boxing and training every day and have been involved with mentoring young kids to make positive changes not to get caught up in the same things that I did.
If I can do it, anyone can do it! It just takes the right attitude with a positive mindset. I have no regrets and now look forward to a future of being able to help people.
ABOUT TIME FOR JUSTICE CO-FOUNDER
I was raised in a small country town, I had a great life growing up. I grew up with my father mother and two younger brothers.
We had a very loving family home.
When I was very young, I suffered abuse in an institution. At the time, I did not really know what had happened.
As I got older, it started to affect me in many different ways. I started drinking and taking drugs.
At the time, I was having fun. I didn’t understand.
I was trying to block what had happened to me all them years ago. As I got older, I started getting caught up in different crowds.
Eventually, I joined a gang, in many different ways, this felt like family and home away from home.
I started getting caught up in some pretty serious stuff.
Unfortunately I found my self getting charged with some severe offences. I ended up in jail to serve a sixteen and a half year sentence.
The goal was no fun and a big waste of time. You learn your lesson. I was worried about my kids growing up with no father to guide them.
I got on the drugs on the inside, they helped to block out the pain. At the same time, they sent me crazy, so I stopped and done my time.
While I was in jail I lost nearly everything, my house, my family, my possessions, all the things that I had earned from doing from what I thought at the time was cool and quick easy earn, how I was so wrong.
One of the most challenging times, while I was in jail, was when I lost my father, Rest in Peace, Weseley Bruce Little.
I tried to go to the funeral, but the prison wouldn’t let me attend.
I spent half of my life out of jail taking drugs to block out the pain as I am survivor, we will do our best to help all survivors.
I have lived experience, and I know how challenging it is to talk about our experiences, I am healing, and I am out of jail with my three kids.
They are all growing up; I am proud of them all, I have generous, loving support from my wonderful family.
Jacob and I would like you on your journey after our experiences.
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“Hey, it’s Martin here thanks for your message, I am feeling a bit lost talking about my childhood. I am feeling overwhelmed by it all, I feel like someone is doing something about my past. I have never spoken to anyone about it before. I feel like now I’ve got a voice to talk about it thanks for your message, it has helped me more than you know.”
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