Thanks for reaching out to me and my colleagues. We have all been actively participating in prison rehabilitation programs. Currently, we are labeled by Society as dangerous criminals, outcasts, convicts and menaces. But in truth, we are trailblazers who are attempting to revolutionize what it means to be institutionalized.
We stand firm in our belief in living for Purpose instead of Punishment, in Using Time instead of Doing Time. Since 90% + of the incarcerated population will be released at some point during their lives, rehabilitative measures must be prioritized versus the common disciplinary punishment our nation too often uses.
As leaders and peer educators, it's our duty to help reduce recidivism rates and criminal/addictive behavior. My colleagues and I have a combined 38 years of prison experience in 15 different prisons across the state of Illinois. My purpose in collaborating with these leaders is to emphasize the importance of being a role model for discouraged inmates and to promote a shift in addictive/criminal thinking and behaviors. Together, we're a much stronger force which can inspire those who aren't typically given a second chance to be a positive influence in our society.
Strength, confidence, and integrity: these are the traits I believe we must instill in our growing prison population and translate to at-risk youth on the streets. This is our duty as responsible leaders, and my hope is that your commitment to shedding light on our passion will encourage communities to trust an ex-felon instead of casting them into a pool of hopeless and dangerous animals. We look forward to engaging communities through your publication, forging an awareness of our situation and efforts to participate constructively in society.