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Alfonso, 37

Alfonso, 37

My satisfaction began during my early stage of advocacy volunteering to amend three strikes.

Alfonso, 37

My satisfaction began during my early stage of advocacy volunteering to amend three strikes.

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Eric, 25

Eric, 25

Meet Eric... I don’t blame anyone for how I was raised. I understand my parents, no one is perfect. We all have our struggles and demons we deal with. Since I was a kid I only knew one way to live, one way to escape the hell at home. My mom was...

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Isaac, 56

Isaac, 56

Meet Isaac... My life was a horrible mess, I had serious problems and I was the last one to know it. I made a stupid decision one warm night in June that cost me my freedom, family and destroyed my character. It was like living a nightmare. I was a...

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Reggie, 45

Reggie, 45

Meet Reggie... I am not a religious man, but my mother believes in a God, with a son named Jesus, who could save her and heal her, no matter how long it took. Her faith in God to help her is the greatest gift she bestowed upon me. To my knowledge,...

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Michael, 39

Michael, 39

Meet Michael... I am not a special person, I am a regular person who does special things. I do my part. I am rewarded when others do theirs.  What gets me through each day in here? This topic is difficult to answer because each day brings new...

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Joseph, 39

Joseph, 39

Meet Joseph... I know this may sound crazy, but I thank God I came to prison because now I’m learning to be a positive example to my babies, and God willing I will leave here someone they can be proud of. I'm the proud father of seven beautiful...

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Dennis, 49

Dennis, 49

I’ve learned that domestic violence, intimate partner violence isn’t a crime of passion, an anger problem, snapping, losing control, or fostered by substance abuse. It is about power. And control. And it is always a choice.

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Darnell “Moe”, 55

Darnell “Moe”, 55

Meet Darnell "Moe"... Mindfully, I felt the hurt & tears build up in my eyes since I had been suppressing my feelings which was causing me to suffer, I knew I needed to show loving kindness and compassion to myself. The San Quentin Buddhist...

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Kevin, 57

Kevin, 57

Meet Kevin... I graduated from high school in 1981. I wore a cap and gown. My family attended the ceremony. I was a normal kid. I went to dances. Many corrections officials find that hard to believe of most prisoners, especially when we’re black....

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Aron, 31

Aron, 31

Meet Aron... Thanks to Tien, I now have a healthy relationship with my parents. He encouraged me to keep an open dialogue with them and ask questions. Tien and I knew each other for a year before we began to talk. We met in a group that helps Asian...

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Fabian, 43

Fabian, 43

Meet Fabian... Gradually, rekindling my love for art, it helped me gain control of at least a minor part of my life, and in turn, I recreated myself from the inside-out. My incarceration has been a very long road, sometimes easy, a lot of times...

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