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

Corey, 2017
I was affected tremendously by how quick my life took a turn for the worst. My arrest and initial life sentence caused me to reevaluate myself and look within myself. As I looked within myself, I saw an immature mindset—I didn’t want to wait 20 years or longer to have my sentence shortened. I took matters into my own hands and started going to the law library. Fortunately for me, while soul searching I discovered I had a gift.