My name is Derald. I am a 42-year-old African American who has been incarcerated since the young age of 17. I grew up in the bleak urban streets of Los Angeles, California, where gang violence was prevalent. I had been introduced into the gang culture at an extremely young age. Unfortunately, such introduction created a negative foundation for me, which ultimately led me here inside prison.
Such being my reality, I search for dedicated friendships to help me maintain a healthy disposition beyond these harsh prison conditions. I’m certain many of you will probably hold preconceived judgments against me which I can’t deny you. I only ask that you have compassion, and grant me the opportunity to prove myself worthy of becoming a potential friend.
Please know that I take full responsibility for all my poor choices in life. I take full ownership of all my actions. I do accept my faults, imperfections, and punishments as a man. I don’t make excuses for my past, not do I profess to being innocent (or a square) on any level. I am flawed. I am fallible. But, I’m determined to find acceptance back into your “free world” society again.
With that said, I hope whoever reads this believes in giving second chances. I hope someone will be kind enough to contact me, sharing with me your thoughts, passions, and life experiences. Again, I’ve been incarcerated since I was 17, so my entire adult life has been confines inside a prison cell.
I’d love to hear your life stories and see your world through your eyes. Be blessed, and God Speed. Pease!!