How I Went from Convicted Murderer to Professional Criminal Justice Advocate

The author shares his experience as a post-incarcerated and his struggles to fit back into the society. His journey from the prison to college and to social worker helped inspire other formerly incarcerated people.

From the Vice article:

When I was 18 years old, I accidentally shot and killed a close friend of mine. I pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, was sentenced to eight to 20 years, and ultimately served about a decade behind bars.

There are obstacles to staying alive in such an unnatural and violent environment. Most of the correction officers I encountered seemed to be openly disdainful toward people of color. I was subjected to strip searches in front of grinning white officers who seemed to have no regard for my humanity. Read more.