Eldra Jackson — Hug A Thug — Finding freedom in Folsom Prison
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This former gang member sentenced to 24 years in prison is the perfect example of how transformation exists if we feel supported and heard.
Today's guest is Eldra Jackson. At just 14 years old, Eldra was convicted of a series of gang violence crimes. Locked up in prison, he had to live alone with his mind due to the environment around him until the Inside Circle community gave him the opportunity to transform himself.
Eldra, who is the Co-executive Director of the aforementioned non-profit community, teaches incarcerated, former, and young people to achieve self-acceptance. He says self-awareness is capable of great things within us.
Listen to this magnificent story of overcoming and healing, where a man “found freedom in a life sentence.”
ABOUT ELDRA JACKSON
Writer, speaker, and advocate for at-risk youth, criminal justice rehabilitation, community building, and overcoming toxic masculinity.
As a living example of successful rehabilitation and re-entry, his life's work now — as a facilitator, trainer, and mentor — includes actively supporting others in overcoming their limiting beliefs.
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WHAT YOU WILL HEAR
[2:38] Who's Eldra Jackson?
[5:46] The feeling after the verdict.
[7:53] Prison survival plan.
[9:04] The most challenging part of being in prison.
[11:10] How to deal with loneliness in prison.
[12:00] The positive consequence of being in prison.
[13:03] The Inside Circle job and how this community changed his life.
[22:21] Finding freedom in prison.
[27:33] What is life like after prison?
[30:34] How healing circles can change lives.
[34:00] What can society do to help the incarcerated?
[46:08] Current generation VS. the previous ones.
[48:44] Where are we going as a society?
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