Brothers and sisters, if you’re considering what to do next, let me share a little about my personal experience.
I feel elated given this opportunity to speak to you about the time I got to write in New Freedom’s Navigator newsletter. I sat right where many inmates sat where those letters were the only mail we got inside. In that issue, our theme was “Full 360°” and every story was from individuals that have participated in mentorship on the yard, released to New Freedom, Graduated, and then became employed at New Freedom. They blazed the trail for me to follow and we have the pleasure today to keep that path open for the next guy or girl looking for something with depth and weight.
In prison, I started reading books. I felt I had a lot to catch up on as far as obtaining knowledge, especially about myself. I came across a writing by Socrates at one point and a specific quote resonated with me; “He who cannot master himself, is condemned to find a master for himself” It wasn’t easy to face but that was me. For example, due to my self-imposed imprisonment, Department of Corrections had become my masters. I could say the same thing about drugs and alcohol.