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Robert’s Story

“To tell you the truth, I expected to get locked up.  My friends and I knew that one of two things was going to happen to us.  We were going to prison or we were going to be killed.  We accepted that.  It was part of the life we were living and it’s all we saw in our community.  And here’s what’s crazy: we were content with it.  Well, I’m not content with it now!” says Robert, 24.

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The Washington Post

Free Minds on the Front Page!

Check out the article from the front page of The Washington Post “How a book club is helping to keep ex-offenders from going back to jail” by Robert Samuels, featuring Free Minds Poet Ambassadors Calvin, Eddie, Juan, Phil, and Robert.

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Free Minds and Free Hearts at the Department of Education

By Jess Lawson, Free Minds Intern

“It means that somebody cares, even if they don’t know you,” said Gary, a Free Minds member and Poet Ambassador who is starting his first semester at college this spring. Indeed, connecting people who care is the reigning anthem of Free Minds, and, as I’m learning every day as a new intern, is evident in everything they do. Read More

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“The books you send show me another world and make me look forward to living a good life when I come home. You changed my way of thinking.”

– DeAngelo, Age 23