Michael, 27

Meet Michael…

Trotter is a good friend, a mentor, a comrade and a father figure. I without a doubt credit Trotter with helping me develop into the man I am today.

Incarcerated: 8
Housed: Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, Carlisle, Indiana.

Upon stepping off the bus under lock and key in an Indiana maximum security prison, I still had a glimmer of light in my eyes of what I thought this system was. I had hoped that once settled there would be a plan to get in school, take programs, and the ability to come up with a success plan. Not even close, instead I ended up in an idol concrete jungle known as Wabash Valley. Where you talk to no counselors in any meaningful way, if you even get to see one. It was the old school cats telling me, youngsta – you need to get in school and take this program, this is how you sign up and this is how you get stuff done. These initial encounters are where I first met Christopher Trotter, he’s had the biggest impact on me. He has done everything in his power to help me succeed in school, to law work, even helping me stay sucka’ free. He is continually feeding me knowledge, wisdom, and perspective. Trotter is a good friend, a mentor, a comrade and a father figure. I without a doubt credit Trotter with helping me develop into the man I am today. Because of him, I have gotten my GED, completed numerous programs and helped the mentally ill and suicidal. I am seeking redemption and restoration, while trying to be a father without having a father. I was looking for a light in the darkness, only to find out that I had that light in me. I am strong, I am Broken, I am Human!