Michael R. DeLeon, a successfully acclimated ex-offender who after nearly 8 years of drug addiction and gang involvement, spent 12 years in state prison and half-way houses for a gang-related homicide. Since Michael’s release from prison, he has earned 3 Associates Degrees, a Baccalaureate Degree in Business Management, Criminal Justice and a CADC Certificate.
Michael is the founder of Steered Straight, Inc. A non-profit organization formed in 2000 designed with the intention of carrying a message to youth and young adults regarding the extreme dangers of drugs, gang-involvement and criminal activity.
Michael has spoken to over two million students and young adults as a motivational speaker.
Michael wrote, directed and produced “Kids Are Dying” a documentary on New Jersey’s Overdose Epidemic, in 2013 that won three Film Festival Nominations and Awards for the REEL Recovery Film Festivals in New York, Los Angeles and DelRay Beach, Florida.
Michael wrote, directed and produced, “An American Epidemic”, a documentary on the national overdose epidemic plaguing the Country. Being released in March, 2015, it is being considered by numerous cable television programs.