My trip to San Quentin was an unforgettable experience. When I first arrived, I had some preconceived notions, and was terrified at how I would be treated and looked upon. After only being in there for a mere five minutes, I met the most amazing men who welcomed our group with warm arms. After being given an amazing tour by Red, we were able to sit down and talk to about seven lifers, who changed my view about prisoners forever. These men all took full responsibility for what they did in the past, and are now working towards a better future. All of these men were some of the most genuine people I have ever met. I felt very safe and comfortable around them. They were not only very accommodating, but they truly cared for us and the people around them. These men are now doing things to not only better themselves, but to help the community around them. This experience has taught me that no matter what you have done in your past, people can change for the better, and I truly feel that these men deserve a second chance at life, and will do anything I can to help make that happen.
– Ali Baurer