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In 1997, I found myself in “Old Folsom,” a violent maximum-security prison in northern California. Even though I’d been a drug dealer and grew up in violent environments, I still had to endure the learning curve of prison.

Being in prison for the first time is like being thrown into a swimming pool that has no shallow end.

You have to constantly watch your surroundings. While you’re watching others, they’re watching you. Many inmates can smell weakness like a shark smells an infinitesimal amount of blood thousands of feet away.

And if the wrong people think you’re weak, you’re in deep shit. …


Charles Amemiya

Formerly incarcerated life/business coach, speaker, writer, social responsibility advocate.

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