“I thought it was karma for what I had done. ”

When StoryCorps visited Danville Correctional Center in Illinois, one of the inmates who told his story was Carlos Rocha.

Carlos grew up in Chicago, and, like his brothers, joined a gang. In 1998, he was arrested for weapons possession. Just before he was to be released on bond, Carlos got into a fight with another inmate and killed him. He was sentenced to 24 years behind bars.

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Recorded in Danville, Illinois
Music Info: Angelic Wolf by Ears from the album Sea Legs
Produced by Jasmyn Belcher
Facilitated by Alicia Williams
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Danville Correctional Center