Brandon's Story

Brandon Johnson, 26, grew up in Memphis, Tennessee in Midtown. He was raised by a single grandmother who worked two jobs to care for the three kids in his home. A month after his 18th birthday, he was charged with aggravated robbery. The judge denied his attorney’s request that he be treated as a juvenile, so he spent five and a half years in prison as an adult. In the two years since his release, he’s been working temp jobs (he currently works at a factory), and he enrolled in college, where he’s working towards a nursing degree. He is discouraged by the second-class citizenship that his felony status has given him, but he’s working hard to overcome his obstacles with a healthy sense of humor and a positive attitude. Listen or read to learn more about Brandon’s story.

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