'X-Raided' Brown gives an inspiring presentation
Anerae "X-Raided" Brown, made a visit to Madras in August, speaking to a room of more than 100 people about his story, with a goal of changing lives and perspectives.
Trent Titus, who organized the visit, said, "Obviously, our community is struggling with crime and drug abuse. I have made it a point to give back to my community. With personally knowing X's story and knowing he's on the same mission as I am, I felt he could help reach a certain culture that the average person can't."
Titus said that Brown was all for the idea. "I reached out to him and without hesitation, he told me, 'I will be there whenever you say so.' And that was that," Titus said.
As an adolescent, Brown was convicted of a gang-related homicide, was tried as an adult and was ultimately sentenced to 31 years to life. He served 26 years, five months and 26 days.
While incarcerated, Brown helped manage the Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs Prisoners Overcoming Obstacles & Creating Hope. The POOCH program is designed to meet the increasing demands for service dogs for wounded warriors and autistic children, while providing an opportunity for education, rehabilitation and community improvement within the prison system through the experience of training a dog.
Brown was so far into the program that he trained the staff within the prison to train the dogs, and also established several youth mentor programs at a variety of institutions while incarcerated.
Brown appeared in front of the warden, the secretary of corrections, and the commissioners from the Board of Parole several times, and had to prove that he had the tools and mindset to be released. The state of California, former Gov. Jerry Brown and current Gov. Gavon Newsom believed in Brown's movement and granted his release.
By the time Brown left, he built up so much "positive political capitol" he was allowed to design a Podcast Program for the inmate population. Toward the end of his term, Brown built a full music studio at R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility.
The music studio can be used by inmates that are staying out of trouble and working their program.
"It has been a long road getting to this point. After everything I experienced in my life, going from irresponsible and hopeless to grateful and inspired, it was a true blessing to be able to transmit and receive so much love and respect in Madras!" Brown said.
"My goal is for the negative impact I had on people and the world to be outweighed by the positive impression I make on people now, so that I can meet the Creator with faith that I will be worth of his infinite mercy," he said.
Titus said, "Even if we can help change one person's life, or perspective on life, that, to me, makes it all worth it. All I know is Aug. 8, 2019, will have an impact on many people here for a long long time."
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