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Joshua Brown's Empowerment Program
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Joshua Brown was introduced to marijuana at age 15. At age 17, he started smoking on a regular basis. By age 18, he was selling crack on street corners. From there, he became one of the biggest drug dealers in Harlem. This eventually landed him in prison, where he was introduced to the world of social services. After 15-plus years of working with paroles and prisons, he has created his own program to help ex-convicts called the J.Brown Empowerment Program.

We'll examine programs such as his that help convicts ease back into society, as well as a system that is not properly designed to ensure felons don't end up back in prison.
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Don't Box Me In: Joshua Brown

There are more than 1.5 people incarcerated in the United States, and about 700 Thousand are released each year. But in our rush to keep prison populations down, are we properly preparing prisoners to become productive members of society?Our guest Josh Brown, a former felon who has turned his life around, will help us answer that question.
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