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  • Government Name: Mark Dixon
  • Register Number: R-01558
  • Age:32
  • Time Served:14 years
  • Home Town:Chicago, Illinois
  • Sentence:35 years
  • Current Charge:1st Degree Murder, 2 Counts of Attempted Murder
  • Alias:Chyna Bo
  • Release Date:2034
  • Prison Affiliation:Gangster Disciple
  • Circle of Influence:LaBron Neal Bey, Fall Back
  • Institution:Pickneyville Correctional Center
  • With every child murdered in the streets, the bullseye on your head grows bigger.

Overcoming Emotions for Successful Reentry

For many prisoners the thought of reentry will spark a mix of emotions. Joy, excitement, anticipation will  surely be among them. Tagging along in the back of your mind will undoubtedly be little brother fear.

Fear of not having a stable place, or any place, to go.

Fear of not being able to get a job.

Fear of not being able to get by on minimum wage.

Fear of old enemies looking for revenge.

These concerns, and possibly more, are at the root of why many prisoners get out of prison only to come right back. They plant the seeds of fear and doubt in their minds even before they leave prison. Once they hit the streets those seeds bloom into self-fulfilling prophecies.

Here are a few tips to help prisoners overcome their past and their fears:

Start rebuilding your life the moment you land in prison

a. Focus on education

b. Work to grow as a person

Embrace any books or prison programs that help initiate positive thinking and behavior (change)

Take up a trade; learn a work skill

Be willing to separate yourself from any person, place or thing that threatens to chain you to the past

Believe in your own power to change and do better in life.

  

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