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.
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.
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