NUMBER 2–SOME KNOW AS STREET SMARTS—IS INDEED AS IMPORTANT AS ALL THE REST! PEOPLE DON’T CHANGE MUCH WITHOUT HELP, DO THEY?
Every newly released prisoner, set to begin a new life, is operating under a misconception: He believes he must relinquish all aspects of prison life in order to become a productive member of society. Most people would not only agree but encourage a complete rebuilding of the ex-con. They may see it as an inevitable part of the process of refinement, a renovation of sorts, like the gentrification of a human being. I’ll admit, when I was released, I thought the same way. Today, I no longer ascribe to that idea. Over the years I’ve realized there are some habits I had as a prisoner that I still possess today. These habits served me well in both worlds. I may have picked them up in prison but they’ve yielded beneficial results on both sides of the gate. Here they are:
1. Reading. This one seems ridiculously obvious but you’d be…
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