Born in Scotland to a father from Sierra Leone and a mother from Guyana, I grew up in Sierra Leone and migrated to America at the age of 18. I have lived through the complete American experience — from the dream of a college education, to successful careers in construction management and education, to the nightmare of incarceration.

Bound by the shackles of my past shortcomings, I have sought opportunities like tutoring to prepare others for a productive future in society. Despite my incarceration, I have always had the desire to participate in American discourse, especially about issues pertaining to mental health, prison life and, race matters. I am excited about PJPJ-School because it is my expectation that the material provided will improve my ability to communicate concisely. In my leisure time I am most likely to be found with my face buried in a book.

STORIES BY M. YAYAH SANDI

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