Johnny Strozier was incarcerated in Georgia prisons for 46 years (from 1968 to 2013), with roughly 15 of them served in solitary confinement. He was initially arrested at age 6, when he and friends burglarized an Atlanta warehouse to steal cigarettes for family members and candy. He was imprisoned at age 10. He was transferred to an adult facility, then his sentence was lengthened to 90 years after cutting a prison guard. Strozier's warden told him he would never exit prison alive because he escaped several times and was involved in gang activity, but Strozier changed. He became a Christian in the 1980s. Strozier got active in church and also gained his high school deploma while still incarcerated. He also became a certified cook and brick mason. Since prison release, Strozier works, counsels youths, completed reentry programs, and attends church twice or more times weekly. Strozier's last cellmate in Macon Prison was Atlanta child killer Wayne Williams.
Strozier shares information about reentry opportunities, the importance of avoiding behavior that leads to incarceration, and he brought together other people and groups who share valuable information to improve lives of former inmates and at-risk youths.
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