Listen: Germain Wilson, Sam Elliott, Kansas discussed on CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley
"How prison time became quality time for one young offender is the story. Steve Hartman has to tell. Neighbor for thirty one year old Germain Wilson of Leavenworth Kansas going back to his childhood is a bad trip a lot of droves right during apartment for. He started using age eleven was in juvenile detention by fifteen and in the maximum security wing Lansing correctional by twenty one. And it was here that this convicted drug dealer came to the most important realization of his life. If I don't taint say, you're going to be two things it's going to happen. I mean, the gonna spend the rest of my life in prison or date and a casket you could've never magin the third option. No, not at all. We want to welcome. You to our city commission meeting Germain is now the mayor of Leavenworth, Kansas. The actual mayor motion carried five zero. It's a transformation he credits to God education, and volunteer work after prison. He became a community activist and got his felony record expunged paving the way for a political run a lot of politicians decide to run for office. And then go to prison. The other way around what are the advantages? This quote that I was go by you'll never know what you are until you've been counter what you would not I experienced being someone that I wasn't created to be. And when I tried to opposite. I succeeded. You can be what you want to. Today Germain couldn't be more opposite the school district that once had him expelled. Now welcomes him back with open arms. The community outreach coordinator, he also works for a nonprofit that helps ex-cons find ten keep good job. That's good. And of course, he has his mayor duties oh made possible. He says by the gift of incarceration. That's why I'm here because that wouldn't have happened. I would've never had the time to think what never had an opportunity, you know, to build a relationship with God. So you suggest prison. No. I don't suggest. But one thing I tell you. We all go to Tom, and I live where we hit rock bottom when you add rock bottom. There's only one other place to go and this. Beaten, adjourn. The call for the envelope. Please. In a few weeks could herald good news for Sam Elliott nominated for best supporting actor in a star is born he's already had his share of bad news lately as he tells Martha tasha, so what here burned? Every really Sam Elliott has had one hell of a year. Good and bad. He still can't quite process his Oscar nomination. Sam Elliott in a star is born we saw come over the mountains and really losing his family's home during the California wildfire in November that burden Airlie one hundred thousand acres in Malibu. We went through the fire Malibu came right over the top of was when we stayed and poured the water on watch the house behind burned to the ground. We made it through and it burned for days advocating the country victory realities. He's been living surreal. That was going through roadblocks in the middle of the night. We're in a tuxedo.."