"I did everything but join a gang," Roderick McNeely remembers. "I was trying to kill myself."
Rick is serving life in Folsom Prison. In two years, he hopes to be paroled. He shares his dreams for a future beyond prison walls with "Insider."
Hope still bears the scars of her birth parents' war with addiction. Heroin and alcoholism left her childhood marked with abandonment, isolation, and worthlessness. Even after she was adopted, Hope struggled with thoughts of suicide.
Failing a drug or alcohol test is the number-one reason parolees are sent back to jail or prison. That’s why no reentry program is complete without addressing the issue of drug and alcohol addictions.
From his wife’s hand, John drew his first snort of meth. One encounter with the choice fruit plunged him into a twisted romance with addiction.