Trusting the Process

In 2010, reformed drug dealer Thomas Cotton created the faith-based nonprofit Redemption and Advancement Alliance to encourage men and women to lead healthy, constructive lives free of crime and negativity.

Righting the Wrong: Michael Johnson

On probation by 14 and in prison by 19, 34-year-old Michael Johnson grew up around people who were dismissive of his hopes for a better future, and his history certainly dimmed his work prospects.

Righting the Wrong: Rontorius Russaw

Incarcerated for burglary and grand theft auto as a teenager, Rontorius Russaw, 23, struggled to trust people until he found a mentor through the nonprofit Redemption & Advancement Alliance.

Righting the Wrong: Denny Chow

"The worst thing about prison is accepting it ... You still have this sense of hope that: 'Hey, [being in prison] is a dream; this is not real. There is no way that I am in prison right now,'" said Denny Chow. He remembers coming to terms with his inmate status after being sent to prison for robbery at age 23.

Naloxone in Georgia

Naloxone, a medicine used to stop the effects of an opioid overdose, can be easily applied via a squirt through the nose or a shot to the arm.

‘Plastic Toy Guns Are Not Dangerous Weapons, It’s the Officers’

Nicholas Heyward Sr., 58, remembers the night. It was a warm Tuesday in 1994 and the sun had yet to set. Neighborhood children trickled into the Gowanus Houses, the Brooklyn housing project where he lived, answering their parents’ calls, while others stayed outside to enjoy the remainder of a beautiful fall day.

Locked in the Box: Student Assignment – 24 Hours in Solitary

"After just 24 hours, I testify that solitary confinement is hell on earth. Solitary confinement is legalized torture," says Anyssa Williams, a Georgia State University student who spent 24 hours in an 8 by 8 cell replica for a school assignment.