Anthony Andrew Ferguson: It took me almost ten years to fully realize that if I was really going to change, I had to evaluate and challenge the mentality that allowed me to justify committing so many crimes.
This is a collection of articles from incarcerated men who were arrested as juveniles, yet were tried and sentenced as adults. In light of recent legislation in California (SB 260/261), some of them will be given a second chance through the possibility of early parole.
In the meantime, it is their desire to share their stories with the public and with each other. and so we have this Juvenile Offenders Series and other articles. Their stories reflect their own individual experiences--of people who have had to “grow up” in prison because of their crimes.
The stories in this series are real and personal. They also illuminate long overlooked questions regarding our legal system: How did these souls get there and what really happens to them once we’ve locked them up and thrown away the key? What are the effects of long-term incarceration on these adolescents?
Anthony Andrew Ferguson
Anthony Andrew Ferguson: It wasn’t until I ventured out during my late elementary and early middle school years that I really began to rebel and stray from the values that my mother and grandmother had instilled in me.