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James, 74

James, 74

One of my greatest regrets is missing my grandchildren growing up. I was thrilled to be a grandfather, I would have been a great one. I missed it all.

James, 74

One of my greatest regrets is missing my grandchildren growing up. I was thrilled to be a grandfather, I would have been a great one. I missed it all.

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Noah, 50

I should be dead, but for some reason I’m not. I want to do something with the time I have left that is important and helpful to others.

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Sara, 31

Listen to the whispers as they resonate and become a voice for humanity. From rock bottom we can rise. We can walk from the ashes of defeat. Hear. Taste. Smell. Touch. Together we are a society. We can take our place, dignity regained.

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Robert, 35

Robert, 35

Once I began to understand I was the boss of my brain and commander of my thoughts, I changed.

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Kylie, 33

Kylie, 33

The images of my helpless baby keep me awake. I don’t like to get into relationships. I push people away. I’m still afraid of being hurt again.

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Mohamud, 24

Mohamud, 24

I can’t change my past decision or where I came from, but I change where I am going.

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Jose, 32

I can’t change my past decision or where I came from, but I change where I am going.

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Robert, 63

Robert, 63

Over the next two days I thought of the life I had wasted. I had been so caught up in self-pity and addiction that I wasn’t able to see the kindness in front of me. I made a commitment in that dry cell to change, no drugs or breaking prison rules. I am proud to say life is better than ever.

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Christopher, 57

I came to San Quentin with my bag of hate and prejudices fully intact. Not really thinking of change. I’m not saying Moe is solely responsible for opening my eyes, but he became part of the solution, not the problem. Moe became my best friend and I am still blessed by his presence.

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Charles, 61

Prison life is steeped in suffering, the prison a cemetery, and the cell my tomb.

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