Johnny is one of the most inspiring and transformed people we have had the pleasure of being friends with for over a decade. He graduated from CROP Organization's Alcohol and Drug Counseling Programs while incarcerated, served others more than anyone we knew in there, and strived daily to transform the culture of prison. Johnny was born in Hawthorne California, raised by a single mom, sought validation and acceptance outside of the home, and joined a gang at an early age. He was sentenced to life as a teenager and served 28 years in the California prison system. His powerful and moving transformational story is documented in our book, "Men Built for Others." He believes that every person has value and the ability to transform. His work as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Los Angeles centers on helping people realize that another future is possible for them.
Today, Johnny empowers people to get sober, change their lives, and helps other formerly incarcerated people reenter society successfully. He serves at the non-profit, "Getting Out by Going In" (GOGI) which offers valuable life-skills to the incarcerated. There he spends time several days a week writing letters to men and women who are still incarcerated and in need of restoration. He is happily married to his wife Cynthia, and she joined in service with Johnny at GOGI. Together they written hundreds and maybe thousands of letters to the incarcerated and have also gone back into the prison system to offer hope and GOGI books. He is the epitome of a man of character, service, and love. Please watch and subscribe to The Prison Post or on any of the major podcasting platforms where you listen to your favorite podcasts. Please consider donating to our work of reimagining reentry at http://croporganization.org/