Author Shaka Senghor Talks Writing, Transformation

“It’s hard to look at y’all in those orange jumpsuits,” the imposing muscle-bound man told young members of Free Minds as they filed into the jail’s chapel on Friday, December 12th.  Read More

Author George Pelecanos Visits the Free Minds Book Club

Even famous authors have to deal with rejection. That’s what veteran DC crime novelist, George Pelecanos told Free Minds Book Club members who gathered in the chapel of the Correctional Treatment Facility on a recent fall afternoon.  Read More

The Power of Public Speaking

By Sherman Justice

“Free Minds has taught me that being the griot of your own personal story is one of the greatest attributes that you can offer the world. And when you have a story like mine, there’s a lot to share.”

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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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Juan’s Story

I believe the only way the crime will go down is if we have quality programming on the inside and the outside.  We need training to see that ultimately the outcome of good behaviors will be much better than those of criminal behaviors. Everyone benefits from programs like Free Minds.

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