Education makes an enormous difference in your life, especially if you have a criminal conviction. In 1999, my arrest marked the beginning of my 15-year journey through the prison system. The instant I stepped foot in Santa Barbara County Jail, I knew I wanted to do everything I could to propel myself beyond its walls. Education was the catalyst to not only change my life, but also provide me with opportunities both behind bars and upon release.
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Fortunately, with support from family, I was able to cover the cost of pursuing a degree while incarcerated. However, many other incarcerated people across the country do not have the same