Demo Day 2015

The TLM family after the demo day presentations on Friday at San Quentin State Prison with @MCHammer — The LAST MILE (@TLM) March 29, 2015

The Day I Went To Prison

By Vanessa Slavich Dressed in gray and black, alone, and a bit nervous, I crookedly parked my car in the San Quentin Visitor Parking Lot, tucking away all of my belongings except my car key and license. Past the security guard, through the gate and into the Chapel, I met the folks behind The Last […]

Level 4

By Shadeed Wallace-Stepter Inmate, San Quentin State Prison Okay, here I am once again. Today I feel the overwhelming urge to talk about my life since I’ve been in prison and how I finally got away from a lifetime of destructive and negative thinking. It really wasn’t anything miraculous, it just took the right motivation […]

Making the Change

By Azraal Ford Inmate, San Quentin State Prison Breaking away from old habits is a scary thing. When you’ve been one way for 20 or 30 years and then realize you need to change it can make the heart race with fear. Seriously it would be more comfortable facing Freddy Kreuger, The Alien and Darth […]

The Swagger of Confidence

By Chung Kao Inmate, San Quentin State Prison I was not born nor raised in the United States and in spite of 24 years of residence here, the first time I heard of the word “swag” was in The Last Mile class in December 2014. Chris Redlitz invited the class to write our own defini¬≠tions […]

Definition of Dedicated, Accountable, and Dependable (DAD)

By R. Askari Johnson Jr. Inmate, San Quentin State Prison There is an epidemic of absentee fathers in society today like no other time in recent history. Babies having babies (mentally speaking). Any male can provide seed, but it takes a responsible man to raise a child and be a Dedicated, Accountable, and Dependable man, […]

Having Swagger

By Joseph Demerson Inmate, TLM Alumni, San Quentin State Prison Having swagger means more than just having the ability to captivate the attention of people. To have swagger one must master the skills of expressing the innate nature of the human spirit in it’s primitive form. Swagger can neither be replicated , duplicated , or […]

Creation is the Essence of Entreprenership

by Sam Hearnes Inmate, San Quentin State Prison If The Last Mile were to end today, I would still walk away with a wealth of knowledge I probably never would have encountered if not for The Last Mile experience. So far we have read four books: “Enchantment” by Guy Kawasaki, “The Dragonfly Effect” by Adny […]

What Biggie Smalls’ Accountant Taught Me About Life

By Andrew Medal TLM Mentor The more I smoke, the smaller the Phillie gets, room 112, where the players dwell. And, stash more cash than Bert Padell, inhale, make you feel good like Tony Toni Tone (feels good). — 112 featuring Biggie Smalls and Mase, “Only You” (1996) Remember this song by 112 feat. B.I.G. […]