When you’re in a hole, stop digging

Advice to today’s kids in the jungle of inner city DC

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Roy (left), after release, with Marc Howard of the Georgetown Prison Scholars Program

I knew what I was told in school that I could achieve, but I didn’t see those principles in action around me; nobody else was doing it.

That age is when I also began to understand the way I’m depicted in society. I began to see myself in the images projected onto me, the statistics and the criminality. Up until that point, I kind of bought into the whole “what-do-you- want-to-be-when-you-grow-up-you-could-be-anything” narrative.

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Rob Barton has been incarcerated for 25 years. Pam Bailey is his collaborator/editor. Learn more at MoreThanOurCrimes.org

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