Humboldt County Jail Speaker Series Aims To Inspire Inmates

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EUREKA – The Humboldt County Correctional Facility is trying to inspire their inmates by introducing them to speakers who have changed their own lives.

The Hope and Resiliency Speaker Series is a volunteer based program that invites influential community members to come share their stories of redemption.

Three of the four speakers for the series have even been incarcerated themselves.

Tuesday’s speaker, Kintay Johnson, is the College of the Redwood’s Director of Special Programs.

He shared with inmates his story of how he got there and challenges he faced along the way – from growing up in a low income environment with racial tension, to figuring out how to be a role model for his son – all the while discovering for himself that change is possible.

“I wasn’t always this person that’s standing in front of you today,” said Johnson, “I had a very challenging background. I’d say the main bits of knowledge that I want to share is that it can be done. Is it going to be easy? No. And I don’t want to sugar coat that for them. But who they are today doesn’t mean that’s who they are going to be in the future.”

About 60 inmates got to hear Johnson’s story Tuesday.

The speaker series continues next week with counselor Michael Bishop.