After having practiced medicine successfully as a board-certified physician in Las Vegas since 1998, I ended up in federal prison in Taft, California in January 2015 with a charge related to over-prescribing of pain medications. The 8 x 10 ft cell with a bunk bed was to be my home for the next 46 months.
I spent my entire time in prison educating myself, learning and growing and preparing for the day I would return home.
It hit me like a punch in the gut one day when I was chatting with a fellow inmate; a mild-mannered and pleasant gentleman. Let’s call him “Harry”. He had been incarcerated for over 20 years and had never seen a laptop or smart phone. He was getting close to release and much to my surprise, he expressed significant anxiety about the prospect of “ going home”. He lamented- “where am I going to live? How can I find a job? How can I re-integrate into society successfully.
As I reached the end of my sentence, the reality of returning home began to set in. Fortunately for me, I am blessed with having a strong family & social network- and a home to return to. But I often lay in my bunk wondering -what support would be there for the numerous “Harrys” amongst the 2.4 million incarcerated individuals in the United States?
How do we conquer all of the barriers that laid ahead?
I had a vision while still in prison of one day building an organization with the sole purpose of helping the Harrys with one of most basic items of “Maslow’s hierarchy of need”.
Out of my personal experience, 2Bounceback was conceived.