Life after Incarceration (#1
Jason is 36. “Going to prison changed my life for the worst because it introduced me to criminals who did the same shit as me but on a larger scale.”
In his late teens he represented New Zealand playing touch rugby. He was good, but for whatever reason things changed.
“Drugs, alcohol and poor decision making fucked things up for me and were the catalyst to craziness! They sentenced me to 7 years when I was 18, my first and only lag.”
He was out after 5 years.
“Being inside takes everything away .... mana, self worth and self respect, the worst thing is being alone, not having anyone, living with guilt and shame.”
Readjusting back into society took a while, with lots of support and counselling. “It’s an ongoing process, I focus on ‘today’ and look for a positive in every situation .... if you can find two positives in any negative then it’s no longer a negative!” (Such great words).
Jason has a beautiful smile (his whole face lights up) and found it hard not to, particularly when I told him I wanted just a look of calmness. “Bro I’ve been clean now for 382 days, that’s 1 year and 17 days! “
He was so proud and it showed in his eyes.
#afterincarceration #outofthephone #onthestreet #hipstamatic #instagram #bnw_demand #hikaricreative #lensculture #tinycollective #wearegrryo #tea_journals #vimptfreeprint #akasimagazine #friendsinperson #youmobile #friendsinbnw #boy
.hill #magnumphotos #doubleyedge #photoblipoint #everydayeverywhere #balkancollective