Emile DeWeave was a San Quentin News staff writer. He also co-founded Prison Renaissance with Rahsaan Thomas.
Emile DeWeaver was serving a life sentence for a murder he committed at 19-years-old had his sentence commuted to time served and was released on parole in 2018.
We grow up with thinking errors about value and being rejected/isolated. It’s about connecting with strategies that support change in safe places. There needs to be places to nurture. I didn’t need to come to prison to change my life – that’s where I changed, but the same interventions that work so well at San Quentin should’ve been available to me when I was being thrown out of junior high school.