Gerald T. Balone spent 37 1/2 years in 17 prisons throughout the State of New York. He was released from prison on August 14, 2007. Although his was a long and tedious struggle, he gleaned insight into the mechanics of the parole system and how an inmate might help himself in earning his release. Gerald holds two Masters Degrees in both HealthcareAdministration from the California College for Health Sciences and an Urban Ministry Masters from the New York Theological Seminary. Numerous articles have been published about him and his plight for freedom. While incarcerated, he was a counselor, teacher, and motivational speaker.
Today, Balone works part-time in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Buffalo. He spends his days traveling to schools, churches and other organizations sharing his message of redemption. He lectures at middle schools and high schools warning teens about what can happen if you become involved in gangs and drugs and he shares his story of the harsh reality of life behind bars.
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