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Voices of Ex-Offenders: The Road to Restoration

Voices of Ex-Offenders: The Road to Restoration (34 minutes)

These three stories provide a stirring message that lives can be turned around and the cycle of abuse can be stopped despite childhood abuse and violence.P

Part One

Clemmie talks about how she learned at an early age that she was not safe in her own home.  She was sexually abused on an almost daily basis by men in the neighborhood, and got pregnant and had a child at age 13.  Unable to cope with raising a baby, she left him with her mother and grandmother to raise, and went to the streets to pursue a life of drugs and crime.  When her son was older he joined a gang which eventually led to this death.  Clemmie takes full responsibility for her role in setting him up for a life of crime and is now on a mission to save other kids, and also is an advocate for the homeless and mentally ill.

 

Part Two

Ross grew up with an alcoholic father who would often leave for days or months at a time, and when he returned to the family would expect everything be the same.  Although Ross hated his father's actions he eventually followed the same path, started drinking, eventually became addicted to cocaine, and lost custody of his son.  To support his habit he began committing robberies, and eventually was caught and sent to prison.  At that point he surrendered, became involved with as many rehabilitation programs in prison as possible.  He is now out, has been clean for five years, serves as a mentor to inmates, and teaches classes in the county jail.

 

Part Three

Andrey's path to prison began in childhood.  His father left the family and his mom had to raise him alone.  Because his mother had to work he was often left alone, and was sexually abused at age 8 by a friend in the neighborhood.  During his teenage years he began a life of drug use and crime, and between 1989 and 1996 was arrested 37 times.  In 1997 robbed a convenience store as he had done many times before, but this time a man tried to stop the robbery and was injured in the process.  Andrey was apprehended by the police who told him the man would likely die and the charges would be changed from aggravated assault to murder.  Andrey began praying the man would live, but he died two days later.  He was later convinced in his heart that his prayers were offered up out of his own self-interest, rather than for the man he had killed, and it was at this point he saw himself in a new way for the first time.  In prison through an intensive reentry and aftercare program he found support with others who also wanted to change.  He believes that he entered prison a child and left as a man, and is now in college and pursing certification in alcohol and drug counseling. 

 


 
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Substance Abuse: Treatment
Violence Prevention: Child Abuse
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