Recently, I met with Michael Miles from Bilston. Michael had spent a number of years in prison, now 41, he says now is the time to change and he is trying to use his experiences to deter other young people from entering the criminal justice system.
Michael says he has learned his lesson – and now he is providing lessons of his own to children in schools in the Black Country.
He comments that his grandma played a huge part in turning his life around. He grew up with her and when he went to prison for the second time, his grandmother was diagnosed with dementia and it took her life quite quickly, he says that his was the turning point.
We spoke about how he is using experiences to try and deter other young people from entering the criminal justice system. And what needs to be done to address the current knife crime epidemic.
Since being released from prison, Michael has begun his own youth programme titled ‘Michael’s journey from bad to good’.
You can read more about his journey here: