I was arrested for prostitution, possession of paraphernalia, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana … falsifying documents, issuing false documents, felony theft, misdemeanor theft, and forgery.
I am Roman Catholic... I was a really good student. So perfect poster child, right? But I had some traumas in my childhood and some problems within me. I internalize a lot of things, and I began drinking when I was really young.
Three-quarters of those returning from prison have a history of substance abuse
I wanted to be saved, but I was just expecting someone to know I was drowning and to throw that lifesaver.
I had a young infant, no job, was behind on rent, had very little support. I went into a deep depression, because it was kind of like my world had shattered.
I want to live for something. I want to have something that I wake up for. Right now I don't. But I want to wake up and say, 'I enjoy my life. I enjoy my job'. I want to do something that helps people the way that people have helped me. I want to contribute to society, rather than taking away from it.
Watch the series to find out what happened to all three inmates after they were released.
Sources: The Council of State Governments, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Journals of Health and Social Behavior