What I like most about working with FirstFollowers is showing formerly incarcerated individuals that they have opportunities. When I was released, I had no idea if anyone would hire me. If anyone would rent an apartment to me. And, most importantly, I had nobody to talk to, or ask, about things such as this. Eventually, I found my way. But, it wasn’t easy. There were times upon my release that I seriously considered just going back. I think a lot of us do. Fortunately, I had options and privilege that many do not. I took a few calculated risks and found my way through. I kept an eye on friends I was incarcerated with, and sadly observed many of them going back to prison. I felt guilty. And, I felt angry. Why didn’t I help them? What could I have done? I didn’t know what to do. Then I was introduced to FirstFollowers. They were a collective of people who had dealt with the same legal issues as I, and were using the experiences they had collected to educate and empower the formerly incarcerated. They were working to combat and contest the prison industrial complex. And, they were willing to show me how to do it. My goal at FirstFollowers is to let my people know that life doesn’t end the day you are sentenced to prison. Life doesn’t end when some landlord or potential employer runs a background check on you. Life doesn’t end when you break down because nobody will give you a chance. There are people willing to give you that chance. And, I can introduce you to them! I went through all of that, so you don’t need to.