• “Every time I’d shake the dice, I’d end up with a needle in my arm” | Insights from Clay Josewski

    11 JUN. 2024 · In his early life, Joel Josewski’s outgoing personality got him into nothing but trouble. Jumping in with both feet can be a good thing if you’re pointed in the right direction. However, in his youth, often, he was not. Though he graduated high school at an alternative high school, his addictions led him down a road of lies, coverups, and crime. On his way to prison for a very long time, his attorney convinced him to apply to enroll in The Other Side Academy. 2 years was a long time but it was shorter than the prison term ahead of him. Like most the things he has done in his life, there he found himself jumping in with both feet. That was 9 years ago. Now, still at TOSA, he serves as a faculty member mentoring and helping others whose shoes he has walked in, find their way back to themselves. His is an incredible story of redemption and service. Sponsors & Partners The Other Side Academy - http://theothersideacademy.com My Story Matters / Captain Your Story - http://mystorymatters.org 00:00:00 Clay Josewski 00:01:30 Sponsors 00:02:35 Clay’s Background 00:08:05 Drugs & Culinary School 00:10:31 Two Friends Die 00:18:00 Rock Bottom 00:21:35 Searching for Success & Finding The Other Side Academy 00:30:10 The Difference Between Other Programs and The Other Side Academy 00:41:30 Final Piece of Advice “Carve your own path.” - Joel Josewski
    45m 15s
  • “All the Right People for the Wrong Direction” | Joel Haddock’s Story

    4 JUN. 2024 · Few people have Joel Haddocks background. Living with his father, for a long time, he didn’t know who his mother was. Then once he discovered that his step dad took him as a look out doing bank robberies. He was yet 10 years old. From there, he ended up working with his real dad at a pot farm in California and running from the law, they ended up in Hawaii. Joel has spent time in state custody in 3 states. First California in their juvenile detention, then Nevada, and finally Utah. The first two visits brought him nothing good. Only more criminality. Listen in as he tells his story of recovery thanks to The Other Side Academy. Sponsors & Partners The Other Side Academy - http://theothersideacademy.com My Story Matters / Captain Your Story - http://mystorymatters.org 00:00:00 Joel Haddock 00:01:01 Sponsors 00:02:51 Joel’s Story 00:06:15 Witnessing a Raid at 7 yrs old 00:10:33 Smoking in Junior High 00:12:45 Armed Robbery “at the ripe old age of 13”. 00:18:15 Picking Up More & More Charges 00:21:15 “All the Right People” 00:29:00 Kidnapping an Informant 00:31:00 Parole in Utah, Marriage & Pregnancy 00:35:26 Caught by His Officer 00:36:40 Losing the Twins & His Wife 00:41:48 Back in Prison 00:43:00 8 Year Hiatus from Crime 00:45:50 Picking Up Where He Left Off 00:49:45 The Other Side Academy
    1h 2m 4s
  • Jesse Graham | Journey to the Other Side

    23 MAY. 2024 · Jesse Graham found himself overly conscientious and a bit of an outcast. His desire to fit in brought him into the illegal substance world where he found a place providing stuff to make friends with other kids, often older than him. This trend continued for many years until his former mother in law pointed him to The Other Side Academy. Thanks to the core values he lives, he is still there, working to help others find their way using the values he has come to love and live to. Now, the leader in one of The Other Side Academy’s new ventures, Jesse’s confidence and purpose is evident as he tells his story. Sponsors & Partners The Other Side Academy - http://theothersideacademy.com My Story Matters / Captain Your Story - http://mystorymatters.org 00:00:00 Jesse Graham 00:01:18 Sponsors 00:02:20 Early Career in Crime 00:06:38 Methamphetamine at 12 00:09:40 Jail at 18 00:13:20 Stuck in the Lies 00:17:00 Losing his Mother to Prescription Drugs 00:19:20 Getting Married 00:23:00 Escalating the Downward Spiral 00:26:40 Getting to the Halfway House 00:29:00 The Cycle Continues 00:31:35 Writing to the Other Side Academy 00:37:43 The Satisfaction of Building Trust 00:44:30 Paying if Forward 00:46:40 Final Piece of Advice “Invest in your relationships…”
    48m 22s
  • Jessica Lilley's Story

    16 MAY. 2024 · Jessica Lilley has lived a fulfilling sober life since September of 2013. Married with two kids, they all live a healthy all American life. But that wasn’t always the case. Growing up in Ogden in a world where the majority of her extended family were caught in addiction, Jessica thought such a life was normal. Alcohol started at an early age. Addicted to Meth at 13 she started living on her own at 15. Follow her life as she describes living wherever she could, however she could until one day she went to find her kids locked in a bedroom with little to eat. Her heartfelt story describes how she came to herself and broke the generational curse of addiction and dysfunction. Sponsors & Partners The Other Side Academy - http://theothersideacademy.com My Story Matters / Captain Your Story - http://mystorymatters.org 00:00:00 Jessica Lilley 00:01:26 Sponsors 00:02:20 Early Influences 00:06:15 Trapped in a Loop 00:07:30 Meth at 13 00:09:00 No Childhood, On Her Own at 15 00:12:00 Pregnant at 18 00:14:14 A Series of Turning Points 00:26:55 Taking Her Kids Back 00:29:10 Owning Up to Her Crimes 00:34:00 More Ups and Downs 00:34:40 Joining AA 00:42:00 Finding a Supportive Partner and Building a New Life 00:44:30 Raided For Possession of Firearms 01:01:30 Final Piece of Advice “I am worth it.”
    1h 3m 6s
  • Rayvon Williamson pt. 2 | "Little Freedoms"

    9 MAY. 2024 · Rayon Williamson pt. 2 Sponsors & Partners The Other Side Academy - http://theothersideacademy.com My Story Matters / Captain Your Story - http://mystorymatters.org 00:00:22 Separating Himself from the Gang 00:14:30 Forging His Own Identity 00:22:15 Getting Out of Prison 00:30:00 “Little Freedoms” 00:40:45 Getting to Where He is Now 00:45:59 Meeting Amy @ My Story Matters 00:52:00 Power to Effect Change in the System
    54m 1s
  • Rayvon Williamson pt. 1

    7 MAY. 2024 · Rayvon Williamson’s story is about wisdom. Incarcerated at 19 and told he wasn’t ever gonna get out, Rayvon set himself on the path of California prison politics. Looking to create a name for himself, he connected with his car and started doing the work as they call it. One day on the yard he jumped a guy and as per prison policy, a corrections officer fired a warning shot from the tower. He felt the bullet land in the dirt beside him as they guy he was assaulting threw him off him. On his way to the SHU, a concerned officer told him to never fight in the yard. “they will kill you”. While in the SHU, he started the process of self-realization. “No matter if I get out or not, I gotta do something I can be proud of”. Listen in as he tells his emotional story. Sponsors & Partners The Other Side Academy - http://theothersideacademy.com My Story Matters / Captain Your Story - http://mystorymatters.org 00:00:00 Rayvon Williamson 00:01:26 Sponsors 00:02:50 His Young Life 00:07:00 Witnessing gang activity & drug use at a young age. 00:13:30 Building Street Cred 00:15:00 Earliest Charges & Juvie 00:22:00 Back In School 00:29:00 Sentenced for Life 00:32:15 In Prison from 17 to 44 00:44:50 Violence in the Yard 00:47:45 Hope for Release
    1h 1m 9s
  • Academy of Hope | Jessica Sias

    2 MAY. 2024 · Jessica Sias has never even had a brush with the law. She is a daughter of immigrant parents who was the first in her family to graduate from high school and from University. Her natural sense of service and kindness has led her to a space, Academy of Hope, where she works with formerly incarcerated individuals to transition successfully back into society. She a perfect example of how anyone with the right mindset and desire to help can provide true and valuable service to people who are desperate for change. Enjoy my conversation with Jessica. Sponsors & Partners The Other Side Academy - http://theothersideacademy.com My Story Matters / Captain Your Story - http://mystorymatters.org The Peaceful Prisons Project - http://peacefulprisonsproject.com  00:00:00 Jessica Sias 00:01:10 Sponsors 00:02:00 Finding Purpose through Service 00:05:30 Connecting People to Resources  00:08:00 Academy of Hope 00:10:00 Meeting Amy Chandler at My Story Matters 00:15:00 Success with Former Inmates 00:22:00 The Home 00:29:45 Finding Courage for Herself
    34m 7s
  • “Little Fires Everywhere” | Interview with LeRon Barton

    30 ABR. 2024 · LeRon Barton grew up on the south side of Kansas City. His life in the inner-city was typical. He considers it luck that he escaped that world as many of his friends did not. Spending his time advocating for people still trapped in that world as well as the incarcerated and post incarcerated, LeRon is a well-spoken author who has done multiple TED talks as well. Listen in as he describes his concerns with the criminal justice system in America. https://leronbarton.com Sponsors & Partners The Other Side Academy - http://theothersideacademy.com My Story Matters / Captain Your Story - http://mystorymatters.org The Peaceful Prisons Project - http://peacefulprisonsproject.com  00:00:00 LeRon Barton 00:01:08 Sponsors 00:02:25 Growing Up in Kansas 00:05:40 The Race Factor 00:12:00 Getting Out of the City 00:20:40 “Little Fires Everywhere” 00:27:00 The Substance Abuse Factor 00:34:30 The Road to Reform 00:40:40 “Thank God you fed me.”
    46m 4s
  • Surviving the Failures of Fault-filled Infrastructure | Mark Chappell's Story

    25 ABR. 2024 · Growing up in North Philadelphia, normal life for Mark Chappell was anything but normal. Dominated by the inner-city street life, he started smoking dope during recess and spent most of his school days high. In and out of boarding schools that did little more than prepare him for prison, by the time he was 21 his was headed to prison for homicide. Listen in how he describes that experience including a long time in 23 hour lockdown and how that experience brought him to himself and with the help of a prison guard helped him realize that he wanted something drastically different. It is nothing short of a miracle that today he lives a good life free of drugs and crime working to help others from his neighborhood and everywhere choose better. Sponsors & Partners The Other Side Academy - http://theothersideacademy.com My Story Matters / Captain Your Story - http://mystorymatters.org The Peaceful Prisons Project - http://peacefulprisonsproject.com  00:00:00 Mark Chappell 00:01:23 Sponsors 00:02:09 His Upbringing & Juvenile Boarding Schools 00:08:00 Communal Standards & Norms 00:15:30 Rewind to Juvie “This place is preparing you for adult prison” 00:19:00 Admitting Addiction 00:22:30 Learning the Hard Way 00:23:19 Back to Prison 00:28:00 Navigating Inmate Politics 00:30:10 Point of Self Reflection — “Belly of the Beast” 00:31:30 The prison guard that took Mark under his wing. 00:38:00 Changing on the Inside Despite A Hellish Environment 00:44:10 Finding Purpose & Resilience
    47m 8s
  • Power & Responsibility | Insights from Brett Booker

    23 ABR. 2024 · Brett Booker’s story is one of purpose and power. Unfortunately, as a teen, his focus was in the wrong direction. Living a mostly unsupervised life in the suburbs, his choices led him into a life of dealing and destruction. Finding himself headed to Leavenworth Federal Prison at the age of 20 he soon realized that he was not the big dog he thought. Listen in as he describes his experience there. And how a fateful period during a lockdown led him to realize he was not the person he wanted to be. In tears he started to focus his attention in the right direction; serving and blessing others lives. He describes that transformation for himself and how he shared it with so many others in and out of prison. You will be enthralled by his story. Sponsors & Partners The Other Side Academy - http://theothersideacademy.com My Story Matters / Captain Your Story - http://mystorymatters.org The Peaceful Prisons Project - http://peacefulprisonsproject.com  00:00:00 Brett Booker 00:01:19 Sponsors 00:02:50 Early Exposure to Addiction 00:12:40 Selling Drugs & Graduating Early 00:18:00 Caught by the Feds 00:27:30 Waking Up 00:38:40 Responsibility = Power 00:45:55 Getting Released from Prison & Where He’s At Now 00:53:10 Advice for Younger Self
    55m 2s

Welcome to the All My Friends Are Felons Podcast. Join host Mark for a compelling journey into the transformative power of those trying to rehabilitate and change their lives following...

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Welcome to the All My Friends Are Felons Podcast. Join host Mark for a compelling journey into the transformative power of those trying to rehabilitate and change their lives following their experience of the prison system. Your host Mark, has spent years on the inside and has witnessed firsthand how education can turn anyone’s life around. With a focus on compassionate advocacy, we strive to share the narratives that shatter stereotypes and showcase the power of learning behind bars. Drawing from his time working with the incarcerated, Mark brings you face-to-face with current and former inmates who have harnessed the power of learning for change. Join us as we explore the uncharted territory of second chances and spotlight the potential that exists within everyone, regardless of their circumstances.
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