Hospital and slippers

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By 11, I was heavily into drinking and drugs. By 16, I was selling drugs and had burglarized a home to support my habit.

I was living in a group home, and my social worker found out about it. I am white. She gave me a chance others in the home (specifically, those who happened to be born with brown skin) did not often get: avoid Juvenile Detention by going to drug treatment.

I chose a hospital and slippers over pre-prison. I used my second chance to turn things around, went to college, went to law school, then became a therapist.

Who knows what I will do next with my life free from prison.