How do you leave your past behind when you're a career criminal?
Lee Chapelle has been convicted nearly a hundred times — for break and enter, theft and possession of firearms. Crime — and the punishment — became the life he knew.
"I tried quite a bit through my 20s to change my life. It was one thing to want to change. It was another thing to actually [get] moving and making change. That was something that took me longer to figure out." But, he explains: "I believed I was meant to do more than time."
For Chapelle, part of the key is talking about it. "I wear it very openly, I don't hide it. And I believe that inherently all people are good, and I believe we're capable of change."
In fact, he's made it his career as a prison consultant and a strong advocate for rehabilitation. He's concerned that as a culture, we're losing faith in rehabilitation but he's here to say it is possible.
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