A podcast for everyone affected by the justice system and incarceration. Released Into Captivity is a series of raw conversations about the struggle to assimilate into society after release and the tools for everyone affected to succeed.
The Life We Chose
22. John Vaden Jr.- The Life We Chose: John is an ex Oakpark gang member who was tried and convicted for murder as an adult when he was 16 years old. He took a deal for 19 years to life that could have easily never been released; Check out this amazing story of redemption. Professor George Fisher of Stanford law worked laboriously to get John a second chance. At 17, John was transferred to Tehachapi State Prison and recounts his first experience with prison violence.
Gang Leader to Stanford Law
Rudy Reyes - Gang Leader to Greatness: Daniel records his friend Rudy interviewing with Stanford Law Professor Joan Petersilia. Daniel and Rudy spent 3 days in the California Bay area attending the Uncommon Heroes awards ceremony where freedom fighter Elizabeth Calvin was honored, visiting the Prison Law Office in Berkeley and Stanford Law School.
2nd Chances - Spencer Layman
2nd Chances: Spencer Layman - Student Senator at San Bernardino Valley College and former President of All of Us or None, talks about being more scared on the bus headed to college for the first time than stepping into his first prison yard and second chances.
A Son's Love - Nicole Begley
A Son's Love - "My Mom Needs to Come Home," Daniel interviews Nicole Begley who's son once said this to a DA.
Badge of Honor
Badge of Honor - Daniel talks with his friend Daniel Fothergill minutes after 50 days in rehab. They discuss earning tattoos, sending shooters on people he liked and how he masked his emotions to appear strong. Daniel served time for pulling a gun on his dad; his dad died while he was in prison. Daniel tells us how he felt loved in prison and the difference between feeling “a part of” in prison compared to feeling “a part of” in 12-step fellowships. Get plugged in, go to meetings, get a mentor.
7 Years of Freedom
Daniel talks about his struggles 7 years after being releases from prison after 10 years.