(Cleveland Plain Dealer) — For nearly 10 years, Augustus Turner had a lot of time to ponder an American dream that he refused to believe was out of reach because of a big mistake and a permanent label.
He knew the odds weren’t good. Although 97 percent of prisoners are eventually released, only 53 percent find work, and a far smaller share start their own businesses.
“What I learned from the streets is how to hustle,” said Turner, 39. “You can dream. You can pray. It all starts there. But you have to actively make it happen.”