Jimmy Goddard had a long and distinguished forty-five year banking career. He began in the bookkeeping department and worked his way to the top with his final thirty three years having served as the president of Benton Banking Company in Benton, Tennessee. Devastated and distraught, he reported to the Atlanta Federal Prison Camp on January 15th, 2010 to serve a harsh six and a half year sentence at the age of sixty six. How would he cope with this unlikely dilemma at this stage of his life? His Personal Journals From Federal Prison were written for his wife, Mary Ellen and other family members so they could share and feel what he was experiencing to some degree.
These stories offer a unique perspective on what prison life is like through his eyes, what he was feeling and how he responded with the many and various situations that were encountered while incarcerated. As unbelievable as federal prison seemed, at a time when he and Mary Ellen should be enjoying retirement, some good came from it. Reading these journals will reveal how that can happen and why. At the same time you will learn some amazing things about the crushing impact that prison can bring to many of the men that Jimmy met while there.