LET'S TALK ABOUT REAL LIFE FORMALLY INCARCERATED OFFENDERS AND LISTEN TO THEIR REAL LIFE STORIES!
Beatty's guests today are EUGENE KING whose formative years were filled with violence and injustice. For nearly 20 years, Eugene cycled in and out of the justice system, struggling with homelessness, substance use and anger management issues. And one day, he decided he'd had enough and made a vow on July 10th 2010 to never ever again find myself sitting in a hot, humid prison. His story is an inspiration for all of us! Eugene's own determination coupled with the on-going help that he receives from the FORTUNE SOCIETY, has enabled him to turn his life around.
BARRY CAMPBELL describes himself as a 'systems baby', having experienced foster care, the juvenile system, incarceration at Rikers Island as a youth and prison as an adult. Barry came to the FORTUNE SOCIETY as a client in 1992 after serving time in a NYS prison. He successfully completed substance abuse treatment at Fortune and progressed at the agency from intern to staff member to his current position as SPECIAL ASSISTANT to the CEO.
Dr. Steve Baker is a psychiatrist who has been practicing general psychiatry for over 40 years. Although in town for only a few days, I though he would be a perfect addition to today's show.