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Marlon Peterson #BePrecedential - Writer, Youth Development Expert and Human Justice Advocate
For a crime he committed in his early twenties, the courts sentenced Marlon Peterson to 10 years in prison -- and, as he says, a lifetime of irrelevance. While behind bars, Peterson found redemption through a penpal mentorship program with students from Brooklyn. In this brave talk, he reminds us why we should invest in the humanity of those people society would like to disregard and discard. -via@TED.com
Social justice advocate with the Precedential Group, Marlon Peterson, reveals the story of his involvement in an armed robbery that cost him 10 years of his life in the New York State prison system. He shares his story of growing up in Crown Heights and how certain traumatic life events shaped attitudes and behaviors that led him down the path to gun violence and ensuing tragedy.