February 2, 2021
Ben describes his downward spiral from social drug use, which eventually led to international drug trafficking. Through his time dealing drugs and his time in prison, Ben developed a whole range of transferrable skills, which shows that a former inmate can be very valuable to an employer.
"I Am Not My Crime" features courageous people telling you the story about the crimes they have committed and their journey to redemption. As you make your way through this first season you will notice a couple of common themes: the importance of other people, opportunities for employment, and being welcomed back into society are what really matter for supporting change and a life lived differently. "I Am Not My Crime" has been produced to help you understand that for many people it is their circumstances that led them down the path to offending behaviour and that what somebody has done in the past is not an indication of who they are today.
Presented by University of Southern Queensland Criminologist Dr Suzanne Reich, each episode concludes with the latest research about why people commit the crime or crimes that have been discussed.
If this episode brings up any issues, and you need to talk to someone, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Narcotics Anonymous on 1300 652 820.
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