Ive spent 14 years of my life in graterford prison. each day i spent
in there seem like the last day of my life. I committed my crime when
i was seventeen years old. I never had anyone there to guide me thru
the way. I was a product of the thing that sorrounded me. wich was
negativity. I always say I wish I could have had some one to show me
right from wrong. but it did not work out that way.I was trapped into
a system that did not have any love for me. I left children behind to
fin for themselvess. I had to watch my wife come back and forth to
graterford with my kids being humiliated by the guards.
The system will try to break your family so that in the end they will give up on
you. god willing I had a wife that could not be broke. but I witness a
lot of people’s families give up on them because they could not deal
with the pressure that the prison put them thru. It got so bad that my
own children could not sit on my lap anymore. I would cry inside,but I
could not let my family see this because at the end of the day I had
to be strong for them. it was bad enough that I left them, it would
have been even worse if they seen me cry.
So many personal things happen to my family while I was incarcerated. things that needed my
undivided attention but I could not be there to support my family. it
kind of made me bitter at first, but I knew I had to make a change if
not for me then for my kids. I could not let them repeat the same
things I been thru. So I decided to make change starting with myself.
I built myself from the ground up. I decided to reprogram myself from
the old me and make a change in someone else life. I told myself my
mistake will not be some one else mistakes if I could help it.