Opinion: I was facing years in prison for a burglary charge. Here’s how I turned my life around.

In June 2019, a South County Superior Court judge gave me a choice between accepting 12 years to life in prison or choosing the stringent conditions of a plea agreement and rebuilding my life after a burglary charge. I chose my life. After a year in the George Bailey Detention Facility, I was released with five years of probation. I completed a 90-day residential drug treatment program and attended a sober living program at Interfaith Community Services. I was determined to turn my life around, and I did.