Episode 39

The Prison Post #39 Roy Duran, Set Free 21 Days Ago After a Life Sentence!

Published on: 6th October, 2021

The Prison Post is super excited to release this episode with our dear friend, Roy Duran. He joined us 21 days after being set free from a life sentence. Roy's smile says it all! He has a profound freedom that many people many people have never experienced. He got free on the inside before earning his physical freedom! He was sentenced to 15 to Life, but earned a rare parole date at his first parole hearing (this only happens to 2% of incarcerated people sentenced to life in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation). Roy earned it because he took full and complete responsibility for what he caused, expressed deep remorse with true accountability and immersed himself in his own transformation while tirelessly serving his community on the inside. He has impacted thousands of lives with his story, optimism, love, compassion, empathy and willingness to help anyone at any time. He has one of the most profound transformational stories of anyone we've interviewed.

Roy is a dear friend of CROP Organization and our whole team celebrates his freedom! We worked side by side on the inside with Roy and before paroling he was the lead transformational coach of the program we once led. His life is a bright light and he will do amazing things for the incarcerated and those in the reentry community.

Another truly beautiful story also took place before Roy was released...Roy was a leader in the Success Stories Program on the inside and he was featured in their CNN documentary "The Feminist on Cellblock Y." The Success Stories Program is now on the outside and thriving. Our friends at Success Stories held a fundraiser and raised money so that they could hire Roy upon his release. This is a profound act of love and commitment to their friend and brother. Roy will thrive in their organization for years to come.

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Learn more about CROP Organization and our current programs on our website at: https://croporganization.org/

The Feminist on Cellblock Y: https://youtu.be/JYxTzsabkH8

Learn more about the Success Stories Program at: https://www.successstoriesprogram.org/

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The Prison Post
Transforming Lives and Healing Communities by Reimagining Reentry
The Prison Post is a podcast interviewing leaders in the criminal justice reform, restorative justice, and social justice movements. In addition, we share the transformational stories of the currently and formerly incarcerated and highlight what CROP Organization is doing by reimagining reentry for returning citizens.
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Richard Mireles

With a Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management from California Coast University, Richard is a dynamic public speaker and expert communicator with Advanced Leadership and Communication certifications with the world recognized Toastmasters International. Having spent over 21 years inside of CDCR, Richard made abundant contributions as a cofounder of the Inside Solutions think-tank and lead intern for the CROP Organization’s programs offered within institutions. An inspiring leader and powerful orator with over 35 transformational coaching seminars and workshops, Richard possesses the uncanny ability to capture a room's attention while conveying impactful messages to any audience. He has an advanced certification as an Alcohol and Other Drug counselor (receiving a certificate of recognition from the California State Senate for his contributions to the recovery community) and was the only known incarcerated person to earn the status of associate trainer for John Maxwell’s EQUIP Leadership and its Million Leader Mandate.