Photograph from the Humanize the Numbers project, photographed in Michigan prisons

LaVone, 2016
This time of incarceration has changed me greatly. The biggest change is that I have transformed the way I think. So now I listen to that person inside me, that first mind that tells me what to do and not what to do. I have learned the knowledge of self. So now I am aware just who I really am, where exactly I came from and my purpose and mission in life. I am no longer the young boy trapped in a man’s body. I am now a man.