For the last 20+ years I have been incarcerated. I
dedicated my life to my gang and the gang warfare at
the age of 15. I was attracted to the unity, respect,
and allegiance that came with being part of a gang.
Shooting people, “putting in work” was what
motivated me to earn my respect among my peers. I
did not come from a broken home and was ever
clouded by the consumption of drugs, so I have no
excuse. In fact, I have never used any kind of drug in
all my life – by the grace of God. I lost my freedom at
the age of 16 due to gang warfare.
JESUIT RESTORATIVE JUSTICE INITIATIVE