StrongReturns.org Oral Histories

We just finished our StrongReturns.org Spring 2015 tour.  Our proudest byproduct of the tour — excepting the wonderful connections made with a variety of prison reform organizations and student leaders — were six oral histories we made of formerly incarcerated folks we met along the way.  Here’s the six:

William T. Lawson describes growing up in D.C., his time incarcerated, and his work with the National Homecomers Academy:

Bill Smith describes growing up in the drug culture of Waynesboro, VA, his recovery through a Drug Court program, and his work helping fight the meth epidemic in his community:

Carl Route describes growing up in Albany, GA after integration and the “life sentence on the outside” all felons have to face:

Pastor Kenneth Glasgow of Dothan, Alabama talks about the revolving door of prison, the importance of treatment over incarceration, and his work as the co-founder of The Ordinary People Society:

Deborah Daniels describes growing up in Birmingham, her experiences in Alabama’s Tutwiler Prison for Women, her work with Prison Fellowship Ministries, and her plans to form an Offender Alumni Association:

Patrick Young, who spent a decade in the Louisiana prison system, shares stories from growing up just outside of New Orleans, describes how Hurricane Katrina was experienced inside of prison, and explains how education is the key to rehabilitation:

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