60 episodes

Welcome to the All My Friends Are Felons Podcast. Join host Mark for a compelling journey into the transformative power of those trying to rehabilitate and change their lives following their experience of the prison system. Your host Mark, has spent years on the inside and has witnessed firsthand how education can turn anyone’s life around. With a focus on compassionate advocacy, we strive to share the narratives that shatter stereotypes and showcase the power of learning behind bars. Drawing from his time working with the incarcerated, Mark brings you face-to-face with current and former inmates who have harnessed the power of learning for change. Join us as we explore the uncharted territory of second chances and spotlight the potential that exists within everyone, regardless of their circumstances.

All My Friends Are Felons Mark Hugentobler

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 50 Ratings

Welcome to the All My Friends Are Felons Podcast. Join host Mark for a compelling journey into the transformative power of those trying to rehabilitate and change their lives following their experience of the prison system. Your host Mark, has spent years on the inside and has witnessed firsthand how education can turn anyone’s life around. With a focus on compassionate advocacy, we strive to share the narratives that shatter stereotypes and showcase the power of learning behind bars. Drawing from his time working with the incarcerated, Mark brings you face-to-face with current and former inmates who have harnessed the power of learning for change. Join us as we explore the uncharted territory of second chances and spotlight the potential that exists within everyone, regardless of their circumstances.

    Jesse Graham | Journey to the Other Side

    Jesse Graham | Journey to the Other Side

    Jesse Graham found himself overly conscientious and a bit of an outcast. His desire to fit in brought him into the illegal substance world where he found a place providing stuff to make friends with other kids, often older than him. This trend continued for many years until his former mother in law pointed him to The Other Side Academy. Thanks to the core values he lives, he is still there, working to help others find their way using the values he has come to love and live to. Now, the leader in one of The Other Side Academy’s new ventures, Jesse’s confidence and purpose is evident as he tells his story.

    Sponsors & Partners
    The Other Side Academy - theothersideacademy.com
    My Story Matters / Captain Your Story - mystorymatters.org

    00:00:00 Jesse Graham
    00:01:18 Sponsors
    00:02:20 Early Career in Crime
    00:06:38 Methamphetamine at 12
    00:09:40 Jail at 18
    00:13:20 Stuck in the Lies
    00:17:00 Losing his Mother to Prescription Drugs
    00:19:20 Getting Married
    00:23:00 Escalating the Downward Spiral
    00:26:40 Getting to the Halfway House
    00:29:00 The Cycle Continues
    00:31:35 Writing to the Other Side Academy
    00:37:43 The Satisfaction of Building Trust
    00:44:30 Paying if Forward
    00:46:40 Final Piece of Advice
    “Invest in your relationships…”

    • 48 min
    Jessica Lilley's Story

    Jessica Lilley's Story

    Jessica Lilley has lived a fulfilling sober life since September of 2013. Married with two kids, they all live a healthy all American life. But that wasn’t always the case. Growing up in Ogden in a world where the majority of her extended family were caught in addiction, Jessica thought such a life was normal. Alcohol started at an early age. Addicted to Meth at 13 she started living on her own at 15. Follow her life as she describes living wherever she could, however she could until one day she went to find her kids locked in a bedroom with little to eat. Her heartfelt story describes how she came to herself and broke the generational curse of addiction and dysfunction.

    Sponsors & Partners
    The Other Side Academy - theothersideacademy.com
    My Story Matters / Captain Your Story - mystorymatters.org

    00:00:00 Jessica Lilley
    00:01:26 Sponsors
    00:02:20 Early Influences
    00:06:15 Trapped in a Loop
    00:07:30 Meth at 13
    00:09:00 No Childhood, On Her Own at 15
    00:12:00 Pregnant at 18
    00:14:14 A Series of Turning Points
    00:26:55 Taking Her Kids Back
    00:29:10 Owning Up to Her Crimes
    00:34:00 More Ups and Downs
    00:34:40 Joining AA
    00:42:00 Finding a Supportive Partner and Building a New Life
    00:44:30 Raided For Possession of Firearms
    01:01:30 Final Piece of Advice
    “I am worth it.”

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Rayvon Williamson pt. 2 | "Little Freedoms"

    Rayvon Williamson pt. 2 | "Little Freedoms"

    Rayon Williamson pt. 2


    Sponsors & Partners
    The Other Side Academy - theothersideacademy.com
    My Story Matters / Captain Your Story - mystorymatters.org


    00:00:22 Separating Himself from the Gang
    00:14:30 Forging His Own Identity
    00:22:15 Getting Out of Prison
    00:30:00 “Little Freedoms”
    00:40:45 Getting to Where He is Now
    00:45:59 Meeting Amy @ My Story Matters
    00:52:00 Power to Effect Change in the System

    • 54 min
    Rayvon Williamson pt. 1

    Rayvon Williamson pt. 1

    Rayvon Williamson’s story is about wisdom. Incarcerated at 19 and told he wasn’t ever gonna get out, Rayvon set himself on the path of California prison politics. Looking to create a name for himself, he connected with his car and started doing the work as they call it. One day on the yard he jumped a guy and as per prison policy, a corrections officer fired a warning shot from the tower. He felt the bullet land in the dirt beside him as they guy he was assaulting threw him off him. On his way to the SHU, a concerned officer told him to never fight in the yard. “they will kill you”. While in the SHU, he started the process of self-realization. “No matter if I get out or not, I gotta do something I can be proud of”. Listen in as he tells his emotional story.


    Sponsors & Partners
    The Other Side Academy - theothersideacademy.com
    My Story Matters / Captain Your Story - mystorymatters.org


    00:00:00 Rayvon Williamson
    00:01:26 Sponsors
    00:02:50 His Young Life
    00:07:00 Witnessing gang activity & drug use at a young age.
    00:13:30 Building Street Cred
    00:15:00 Earliest Charges & Juvie
    00:22:00 Back In School
    00:29:00 Sentenced for Life
    00:32:15 In Prison from 17 to 44
    00:44:50 Violence in the Yard
    00:47:45 Hope for Release

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Academy of Hope | Jessica Sias

    Academy of Hope | Jessica Sias

    Jessica Sias has never even had a brush with the law. She is a daughter of immigrant parents who was the first in her family to graduate from high school and from University. Her natural sense of service and kindness has led her to a space, Academy of Hope, where she works with formerly incarcerated individuals to transition successfully back into society. She a perfect example of how anyone with the right mindset and desire to help can provide true and valuable service to people who are desperate for change. Enjoy my conversation with Jessica.


    Sponsors & Partners
    The Other Side Academy - theothersideacademy.com
    My Story Matters / Captain Your Story - mystorymatters.org
    The Peaceful Prisons Project - peacefulprisonsproject.com 


    00:00:00 Jessica Sias
    00:01:10 Sponsors
    00:02:00 Finding Purpose through Service
    00:05:30 Connecting People to Resources 
    00:08:00 Academy of Hope
    00:10:00 Meeting Amy Chandler at My Story Matters
    00:15:00 Success with Former Inmates
    00:22:00 The Home
    00:29:45 Finding Courage for Herself

    • 34 min
    “Little Fires Everywhere” | Interview with LeRon Barton

    “Little Fires Everywhere” | Interview with LeRon Barton

    LeRon Barton grew up on the south side of Kansas City. His life in the inner-city was typical. He considers it luck that he escaped that world as many of his friends did not. Spending his time advocating for people still trapped in that world as well as the incarcerated and post incarcerated, LeRon is a well-spoken author who has done multiple TED talks as well. Listen in as he describes his concerns with the criminal justice system in America.

    https://leronbarton.com


    Sponsors & Partners
    The Other Side Academy - theothersideacademy.com
    My Story Matters / Captain Your Story - mystorymatters.org
    The Peaceful Prisons Project - peacefulprisonsproject.com 


    00:00:00 LeRon Barton
    00:01:08 Sponsors
    00:02:25 Growing Up in Kansas
    00:05:40 The Race Factor
    00:12:00 Getting Out of the City
    00:20:40 “Little Fires Everywhere”
    00:27:00 The Substance Abuse Factor
    00:34:30 The Road to Reform
    00:40:40 “Thank God you fed me.”

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

KCh118 ,

Beautiful story of overcoming

Just listened to Savannah’s story of tremendous resilience (From Darkness to Deliverance). She is giving the gift of hope and love. It was a heartbreaking and inspirational listen. Thank you for sharing.

A peach in utah ,

All my friends are felons

Very interesting and eye opening. Would love to see this movement change our system for the better to improve accountability for all and finally really give hope for change and provide a way for all to improve their lives by letting them be the solution!

marcischramm ,

Hope for SO

Is there any help for sex offenders?

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