Howard, Shaikh, Cheshire discussed on KCBS 24 Hour News
The I believe would you see him? I seen the kid with talent. Mistake for months Vassar called college coaches around the country. Slowly, dick started to believe we still needed to get acceptance into the college we still need a judge to prove a sentence modification. So there are all these other steps they're long shots. And were we were hitting them. Shaikh winn-dixie could see a way out system should cheer. You was lost at twenty two. He was sentenced to thirteen years in Cheshire full, robbing convenience stores and the Bank. He told us he was selfish and violent. What's that like being thrown into the general population in a maximum security prison? It's really scary at first so you put on a front and you act like your tough. And I'm hoping people don't see how scared I just the mess. That's going on inside twenty two hours a day in the cell. Yes. Just waiting to be let out like a caged animal when warden earthy selected him for the true unit. She cheer you didn't care about improving himself. He just wanted out of his cell, but immediately found himself in a different world you have to go. Some you have the care central to the program is intensive counseling through peer and self criticism prisoners are forced to face the demons and behavior that put them behind bars. How were you raise? Did you have love did, you know, love compassion, because I didn't even know my mother the warden told us today, there's a lot of crying that goes on up here. The truth. Have they grew that what has made you cry? My family. The problem with awareness and understanding the pain you've caused people. Is that you realize how much pain you've caused the people that love you. And once you have face that look at yourself in the mirror that's tough to prepare the prisoners for life outside Cheshire's walls. Warden earthy tap, some unlikely helpers respected older prisoners serving life sentences there now trained to serve as mentors for the young men. True is car Howard was one of the first to sign on. Why all we knew was we was going to try to stop these cats from become us because you don't want this each car Howard shot and killed two men in a fight over drug turf in New Haven in prison, he assaulted inmates and staff and spent a total of five and a half years in solitary confinement before deciding to take a different path. If there's one thing I'm expert in is screwing up. Consequences. Could tell you with tear gas tastes late. I can tell you what it feels like to watch your family. See you get sentenced to life without parole. And I could tell you the decisions I made to get to that. At the choice is yours. Howard and twenty other lifers are like attentive father, they enforce unit rules during the last evaluation recommended that you work attitude working with staff, they constantly monitor the young offenders behavior and assess their progress at regular feedback sessions always tried to encourage you to speak a little more. If you have a lot of wisdom to give to your peers, many people outside of Krizan would think that someone who is in for life wouldn't necessarily be the kind of person you'd expect or want to be teaching you life lessons. So what have they done to help? You. They've helped me learn how to speak in a way that I can articulate my thoughts and emotions instead of just getting mad and wanting to hit something. Should cheer. You told us he has grown under their guidance. He's earned the right to go to work every day in the prison. Shop. Joys warm visits with his family. I feel like everybody has a basic human decency. This is that has to be nurtured. So to bring it out, and that's what happens to you in this program. If you let it. If you let it the greatest gift is when they tell me to my face. Now, I'm not changing in five months later be on their best behavior. You're in here for life. All right. You could just sit there and say to heck with all this. So what are you getting out of this? I don't have to die. A waste. Guys, all the time. They give me purpose to live. Then give me something to leave by. For more than one hundred years. The rock has been a hard place, the true unit host to prove a softer touch can yield better results officer James Vassar convinced coach Dan Kane at press. Kyle to take a shot on a prison inmate guy cut to the basket. Now, Shaikh winn-dixies a big man on campus and the pride of the truth. His jersey hangs on the wall..