Let me introduce myself, I am Thurston McAfee, on December 31, 1977; at the age of 19 I committed a murder. I was sentenced to 7 years to life. I served 37 years. On December 31, 2014 I was released from Prison. It is not that I served my time that persuaded the Board to release me from Prison; I turned my life around and became a productive and proactive citizen while in Prison. The Board saw the change in my life and gave me the opportunity to prove myself in society. Today I work at PREP as Coordinator of Anger Management/Parenting/Domestic Violence/Gang Awareness and Recovery Courses. It is not just a job for me, it is a passion and a mission; helping others transform their lives and gain their freedom as productive citizens. I am also developing a program for Homeless Veterans and At Risk Teens. I spend my resting moments looking for and visiting my elders.
Hi, my name is Alfredo Cruz and I coordinate the Turning Point Modules. I review lessons; share my experiences, strengths, and hopes; offer commentaries when appropriate; track participants’ progress on the computer; do the English/Spanish translating; and act as a Jack of all trades as needed. I don’t see PREP’s primary goal as helping prisoners attain freedom from the physical bars and walls that imprison their bodies, but more toward helping them examine and undo the spiritual and mental bars that imprison their spirit and very being. By nurturing introspection and reflection PREP helps people find true freedom that no one can take away from them.
Greetings from Dale Lozier; I served 25 years on a 15 to life, seven times to Board, suitable twice, and released Feb. 17,2015. I now, gratefully volunteer at PREP. In prison I not only took groups like N.A. /A.A, CGA, Turning point, and Lifer groups, I internalized them. My strength at Board was “The 12 Steps” and my dedication to being of service to others, a living amends. At PREP, I now use my experience with the Board to give back and try to help my brother lifers acquire what I have, my freedom, by critiquing for “Insight”, and I publish the monthly Oasis. I wish there was a magic formula that guaranteed suitability, but there is not. There’s still a lot of chance, and you have to be ready when it comes. Freedom is all it’s put up to be and my hope is for all those I left behind to gain the experience I have.
Hi to brothers and sisters on the inside. Blessing, my name is Paul C.; I’ve done time on the inside also. I am an ex-Lifer and have been off parole for 2 years, yet, still volunteer at PREP as I have since Oct, 12, 2010. I am thankful to all those who helped me to get my GED and learn trades on the inside. I read your lessons, respond and send you new lessons. I do whatever is needed and am grateful for the opportunity to be of service and give back.
Greetings All. I’m the New Guy. Just got out in January 2016 after 36 years and 3 months (18 trips to the Board). I too am very grateful to have this opportunity to give back to all those who have not yet made it out. Currently, I am the Art Show Coordinator for our 10th Annual ‘Faith and Hope” Art Show. It really a fantastic opportunity for all the artists inside to have their hard work displayed. I am also kinda, sorta responsible for this website, so if you have any comments, please feel free to contact us and I will fix it!!