IamA former OMC gang member, heroin addict for 19 years, spent 25 years in prison, now I run a gang/drug exit charity for young men. AMA!
My short bio: Between 1978 & 2003, I spent 25 years in Federal Prison for 3 counts of armed robbery, 3 counts of weapons offence, 4 counts of assault on police, escaped custody, and possession of narcotics.
During this time, I completed an apprenticeship and earned my license as a Class A mechanic. In 1993, after breaking free from drug addictions, I began to reform my life. I earned a B.A. in Psychology from Queen's University and continued my studies at McMaster University completing an Addiction Careworker Diploma.
Today I am a motivational speaker working alongside law enforcement, in particular 'gang' units and speaking in schools. I started a registered charity, Truth For Teens in 2005 to deliver a motorcycle or muscle car build program to work interactively with agency identified/interested youth within their own communities.
Edit: Thanks for all the questions! Sorry I couldn't get to all of you, if you would like to hear me talk about my story more, please leave a comment on my latest video on DEBOSS GARAGE on YouTube, I'll be making regular content there. As well, if you are in Canada (I can't enter the U.S. sorry!), and would like me to come to your school or event, please contact us at [email protected]. And if you want to donate to my charity, you can do so through my hugged to death website, or directly through Canada Helps. Thanks!
Edit 2: If anyone would like to buy a copy of my book, that helps my charity as well. Thanks!