Dion has been studying the criminal justice system for almost six years, but thinks time behind bars would teach him more than all his classes combined. With all he’s learned in school, plus what he’ll discover inside, Dion wants to go back to the crime-ridden streets of his hometown neighborhood to show the community that jail is not the answer.
Dion grew up one of nine siblings and his parents separated shortly after he was born. Dion felt he could have easily ended up behind bars like many of his friends and family. He was able to leave home without a criminal record and is about to receive a Masters in Criminology, Law and Society.
He’s counseled youth in juvenile detention centers in the past and now wants to focus on bettering neighborhoods and ultimately young kids’ lives. Dion hopes to be an example for at-risk youth, showing them that they can rise above crime and build strong, meaningful careers.
The Sheriff recognizes Dion’s passion to help his community and thinks his education paired with his own rough life will bring a fresh point of view to the program.