Who Are The Real Criminals? By Glenn Langohr
I got the chance to speak to some kids on probation in Santa Ana yesterday. My sobriety sponsor Phillip Doran has been doing it for a year now and I went with him for the first time. Phillip Doran is a writer and used to be a Producer of many TV shows so it was a God send to meet him and have him take me through the 12 steps of A.A. After working the steps he has also read and reviewed all of my prison books and helped me see how to market them. I got to share all of this with the kids on probation and a lot more. That God loves them. That if they stay sober, their life will get better, eventually. And that if they don’t get sober, they will pay the price everyone pays for bad decisions. I explained to them how much prison time I did for drug crimes and how God helped me turn things around.
While speaking to the kids I couldn’t help but see them as partial victims. I saw future gang members and future prisoners. How does this happen to the youth? It starts with the family. A divided family is a broken one. Or a family that doesn’t have enough love and wisdom. What about our schools? Same thing, a divided school is a broken one. That is where kids find an identity and where gangs and drugs take a hold.
I wrote my first novel, Roll Call, A True Crime Prison Story of Corruption and Redemption, from prison. Here’s a review-