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I would like to send a message to young people here in the community. The first thing I want to say is stay in school, listen to your parents and make the right choice in life.

When you make the wrong decision in life, there are consequences. I have been to prison and I have seen things that will make you sick in your stomach: killing, rape and more. Once you’re in prison, you’re in servitude.

I have seen some of these young people, ages 15- 24 years, in these gangs in the system. They catch thirty to forty year sentences and are not given a chance to rebuild themselves.

Is that the life you want to live?

I know what I am talking about, I have been there. However, I now have a second chance in life and that is why I am writing this. I want this positive message to reach those who are about to make the wrong decision: prison is not the place for you.