Friday, June 13, 2014

Johnny Strozier Keeping It Real

Johnny Strozier is on the air! Strozier was incarcerated in 1968 and remained behind bars for 46 years. The reformed man is enjoying his first year of freedom. Strozier's experiences during his lifetime behind bars are relayed on "Human Rights Demand" Blogtalkradio broadcasts every Friday at 6:30pm EDT. Strozier's final eight months in Macon Prison, he was a cellmate to the famous Atlanta child killer Wayne Williams. Listen at (347) 857-3293 or by computer (our "Human Rights Demand" tapes are available for listening any time). The inspiring June 13th show:

On July 31, 2014, Strozier will celebrate his first year of freedom since age 10. Strozier was in the Georgia prison system from 1968 until 2013. He is a Christian who desires to help youths avoid incarceration and encourage people who are reentering society to stay on the right track. He works, attends church regularly, is married, and excited over being a free adult for the very first time. Please call and congratulate Strozier next Friday on air at "Human Rights Demand" channel on Blogtalkradio.

We recognize that 90 percent of the nation's inmates have a release date in their folders. If all of them exited prison with Strozier's attitude, society would be greatly improved. Unfortunately, released prisoners have a 67.5 percent recidivism rate. Our correctional institutions must shift the focus to rehabilitation rather than punishment to improve released prisoners' chances of success. 

Strozier worked for many years while incarcerated. In Georgia, prison laborers receive zero pay and only $25 upon release. In a few days, a fundraiser will be added to this article to collect a welcome home gift for Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Strozier in recognition of his first anniversary as a free man. Donations of any amount would be appreciated. Johnny Strozier is available for speaking engagements. His theme is personal responsibility. Please email him at

UPDATE July 3, 2014: As promised, the url below leads to the "Johnny Strozier Reentry Fund." You'll love it! 

Johnny Strozier accepts personal responsibility for his prison sentence, although he was incarcerated before the age of accountability. Strozier's sentence was lengthened numerous times after his arrest. As a youngster growing up behind bars, he escaped numerous times, joined a prison gang, and even assaulted a guard. At one point, Strozier was on death row, but the guard lived and so did Strozier. Strozier's warden told him that he would never exit prison except in a coffin, but Strozier's outlook changed in the 1980's when he became a Christian. He then recognized that people must renew their minds in order to change their lives. Lucky for him, the Georgia Pardons and Parole Board and his warden noticed Johnny's turnaround and gave him a second chance.

On each of Strozier's radio broadcasts, he says if a man will think right, he will act right and obtain the right results. Strozier relayed the story about his spiritual conversion that he credits with eventually leading to his prison release. Hear Strozier's debut broadcast of June 3, 2014, archived at Blogtalkradio for listening at any time.

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Congratulations to all ex-offenders who demonstrate a determination to change their lives and remain free. Congratulations to families, communities, religious groups, and all organizations that support ex-offenders' reentry opportunities. Many thanks to criminal defense attorneys who make reentry possible for wrongfully accused defendants and convicted persons by your winning defense. Thanks to government officials who fund reentry programs and otherwise work to reduce mass incarceration in the USA. When released prisoners are successful, society is improved for us all. A reduced crime rate equals safer communities and a decrease in the nation's prison budget.
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  1. The votes on our poll gauging how reading "Legal Victories" makes you feel about justice in America was reset to "0." Before the reset, we had 50-50 results, with half of our readers who felt optimistic about justice after reading "Legal Victories," and half were unaffected. TRY to register your opinion at the poll in the upper right margin today.

    If you are a criminal defense attorney who delivers honest services, you are invited to advertise your services in the comments section of this article. Persons who run reentry programs are also invited, as you all are to add your opinions regarding ways to improve America's dismal recidivism rate.

    Below are my ten suggestions to reduce recidivism. Feel free to disagree.

  2. Below are my ten(10) suggestions to reduce recidivism:
    1) Over half of America's inmates are mentally ill people who should have been treated in their communities or hospitalized and never imprisoned in the first place. Upon prison release, all inmates who were treated for mental illness behind bars should be released under AOT programs, which provide subsistence assistance (food and housing) and mandate continuous psychiatric treatment, i.e., Laura's Law and Kendra's Law. Mentally ill people in AOT programs experience over 85 percent fewer incidents of homelessness, arrests, hospitalization, and imprisonment - a tremendous success rate for the participants and for their communities, which were made safer by treating rather than punishing people with serious mental illnesses (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe PTSD, and others).

    2) All correctional facilities should focus on rehabilitation services, including skills training and opportunities to achieve high school diplomas and college degrees. Correctional facilities should be given incentives according the number of inmates who become certified in a skill and/or are awarded diplomas and degrees.

    3) The Bureau of Prisons should make every attempt to keep prisoners in the area where they lived before incarceration. Studies indicate that released prisoners have a higher rate of success if they maintain close ties with their family and friends while incarcerated. Moving prisoners out of state should be avoided, as it prevents visits.

    4) Companies and government entities that use prison laborers should be mandated to hire a percentage of the released prisoners who worked for them behind bars.

    5) Released prison workers should qualify for unemployment benefits.

    6) Psychological therapy should be offered to all released prisoners to help them recover from PTSD, which Dr. Williams said they are likely to experience.

    7) Job applications should not ask about people's criminal backgrounds.

    8) Criminal background information should be expunged, except perhaps for repeat sex offenders and violent criminals.

    9) Voting rights should be restored.

    10) Ex-offenders should qualify for all entitlement programs (subsistence) and college assistance at the same rate as anyone else within their financial status. They should not be relegated to a permanent underclass.

  3. UPDATE July 3, 2014: As promised, the url below leads to the "Johnny Strozier Reentry Fund." Please give generously, and share the link with your online friends and groups. Johnny Strozier is living proof that people can and do change.


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