"There isn't a single circumstance that the truly determined individual can't come back from. Period."
-A Lawrence Haskins
+ WHY I DO IT
This initiative is extremely personal in nature for me. Extremely personal ...
From October of 1992 through August of 2002, I was incarcerated inside the Federal Bureau of Prisons for the crime of armed robbery. For a decade of my life, I was lost to my friends, my family and even myself because of a horrible and irresponsible decision I had made. My inmate number was 22855-086 and I was only one of many 100's of angry, disconsolate and wholly uncertain souls I would encounter in the tombs of federal prison system.
I share this not to elicit sympathy or comfort from any quarter. I did the crime and it was justly and fairly my lot to serve the time handed to me under the federal laws and by the federal courts of these United States.
I share this solely for one reason: So others who have made horrible, seemingly insurmountable and unbearable mistakes will know that there is a path forward, that if we are willing to do the work and commit to inside out and top to bottom transformation, there isn't a single thing circumstance that the truly determined individual can't come back from. Period.
As of this writing, it's been 15 years since I walked out of the maximum security federal facility in Florence, Colorado and since that time, I've started my own business, published to literary works of fiction, and have been an employee in good and respected standing at some of the biggest corporations in the world. I learned the lessons of hard time and while it hasn't been easy for me, I want others to know they can come out and still make something of themselves, that they can have a life and that it is possible to walk in the light of substantitive change rather than in the shadow of a horrible mistake.
Lastly, while I will be speaking to inmates in adult detention facilities about turning their lives around, to society at large for the purpose of educating them on the American Penal system and the effects, for better or worse, it has on its inmates, my main focus will be on at-risk youth and the young men and women incarcerated in Juvenile Detention Facilities all across this country.
The reasoning for this focus is straightforward: The young mind is still fertile to the seeds of positive change and the young heart is more receptive to the possibility of a bright and productive future. Again, not that we won't speak to adult offenders but we believe strongly that our resources, at least at least in this stage of the execution of our mission, are best deployed by reaching our youth.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you want more detail about my story, please listen to the podcast episode above.
Keep Moving Forward!
Arlin Lawrence Haskins
WHO WE ARE
We are a group of passionate, focused and determined individuals dedicated to reaching incarcerated and at-risk juveniles at home and abroad.
He served a 10-year federal sentence in the early 90's. Today, he's a published author, entrepreneur & completely smitten father. Listen to how he turned things around.
MISSION + VISION
Our undeterrable mission is to provide the at-risk and incarcerated youth the tools they need to become an unencumbered and productive member of society
A few kind words from some individuals we've had the immense pleasure of getting to know along the way.
Our programs are thoroughly researched and meticulously planned to have the maximum beneficial impact for our incarcerated and at-risk youth.
Second Chances Are Created is a program designed to enlighten our at-risk and incarcerated youth to the hard work and all out guts it takes to acquire a new beginning.
Preparing for Productivity will show give the at-risk or incarcerated youth the tools needed to become a gainfully employed & productive member of society.
The Value of Relationships was created for the express purpose of showing our at-risk and incarcerated youth the necessity of investing wisely in our relationships.
Transisition to Success will give support to released or otherwise rehabilitated youth by providing grooming and clothing services to those looking to become gainfully employed.
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