Arlan Flores spent nearly 30 years behind bars for charges including second degree murder... He ended up in one of the most violent prisons in the nation, and that's where things changed.
“For an hour straight, I cried and I prayed and when it all was said and done I got off my knees and I felt better. The fear was gone, the anger was gone, the hatred, all of that was taken away. It's like I was washed clean.” said Arlan Flores, Ex-Inmate.
Nearly 10 years later, that change was rewarded, Arlan was released on parole. But that's where the real challenge began.
“When I got out, my body was that of a 46-year-old man, but my mind was still that of a 19 year old, .and I learned a little when I was in prison from watching the guards and the old guys, thinking is that what an adult is supposed to be.” said Flores.
“Most of the time you have to take responsibility for yourself and take accountability for everything you've done in the past, and start all over again. but it takes a lot of work and it takes a lot of determination.” said James Piro of the Casper Re-Entry Center.
Arlan had to find a place to live, get a job, schedule time for parole duties... Learn how to pay bills.
“When you're locked up that long, life comes at you really fast, so you have to take everything really slow and make sure you have a plan.” said Piro.
He's now been out for three years, and is happily married. Arlen says spending time with positive people and taking responsibility for himself is what has kept him going strong on the outside.
“Unless they get rid of that mindset that society owes them something, they're going to be walking through that revolving door, as I've said before society doesn't owe us anything, we owe ourselves." said Flores.