1. When was the first time that you encountered the Judicial System?
-I was 15 when I had my first brush with the judicial system.
2. Do you feel that the word felony is meaningful or reflects on the individual with such a label?
-I believe that people who are titled as felons, need to be given a chance. If only the community and society would give us a chance things would be different. The word felon has nothing to do with who we are as people. The word felon is an expensive way of society avoiding us and not having to or wanting to deal with us.
3. How has Home Boy Industries helped you to reenter into the community?
-They got me off the streets, the streets were actually the only thing that I had known starting at the age of 13. They have given me a home and a steady path into which I am glad to bring my child that I am expecting into.
4. Do you feel that Home Boy Industries or other programs like this benefit people exiting the prison system? If so how?
-These types of programs help everyone. There is no preference in race, gender, economic background, nothing what so ever. The program helps to stabilize society and the community, which is something that is hugely instrumental to our success.