My Voice

I was raised by my mother with six other siblings. We didn’t have a lot growing up, at times no heat, no lights, or food, but we still made it through all those times together. The first time that I saw violence was inside my home and at first, I was scared because I was only like six or seven years old. But I got used to it because it started happening all the time. My mother would have her friends over all the time drinking and smoking so the crazy became the norm. Then a few years later I watched my mother get abused by her boyfriend and for a child that is very traumatizing. No one talked to me or my siblings we just had to witness it and hope for the best. One time I tried to go and help her, but it didn’t turn out good for me, her boyfriend ended up slapping me to the ground, so I ran out the back door and got my mother some help.

With no father and living in the conditions that I lived in, I was an angry child with so much hurt in my heart. By the time I turned 13 I ran away only to find myself getting involved in a gang. It seemed like they cared, so I was very loyal to them and did whatever just to let them know I was down. I thought that I was grown, and no one could tell me anything because I was getting my own money and buying my own clothes, but I was so lost. I grew into that lifestyle and every piece of hurt, anger, and frustration that I felt I took it out on everybody else. The more I stayed in the streets the worst I became, and I felt like I had no one. I wasn’t trying to find help I was just existing. Then I started robbing people and that led to me coming to prison. So, in the past I was a broken child that wanted help but didn’t know how to open my mouth because I thought that meant that I was weak.

Today, I am Frank Lewis Adams Junior, a free-spirited warrior that is one of a kind. I am creative, passionate, driven, strong spiritually, a leader, a person that never gives up, a Father, a protector, a teacher, an Author, a good friend, and a man that stands for the right thing. I no longer live like I used to because I recognize how I grew up wasn’t right. My favorite thing to do today is encourage people because when you encourage someone with truth it has a lasting effect.

In the future I would like to get a degree in communication so that I can have a career as a motivational speaker. I also plan to be a best-selling Author in the future. I believe that if you can see it in mind then you can do it in time. Well, I hope that I have given you enough about my life that will motivate you in some type of way. Have a good day and use your voice to bless.


Frank L. Adams Jr. #427391

Intro: Frank Adams

My name is Frank L. Adams

I have been incarcerated for almost 18yrs and since I’ve been incarcerated all I have seen is the void of the type of help needed for those of us who sit behind these walls. It is not easy doing time, living with the crimes that have been committed and those we have hurt in the process. What I feel would help those of us that get caught up in the system is truly some HELP and what I mean by that is instead of throwing a guy in a cell for years, learn about that person and figure out what he needs in order to become a productive citizen. Those of us who are incarcerated, we are not given any proper evaluation about how we think, how we were raised or what we live by instead we walk around with the weight of our decisions which for a lot of us it’s too much.

If a person is not being given any tools to change or rectify their behavior, most likely they will stay the same because it’s all they know. We need to be educated and evaluated instead of JUST being incarcerated.

From march of 2011 until the summer of 2016, I was given the opportunity to teach incarcerated youth from the ages of 15 to 23 and during that time of sharing my life and learning theirs, I realized how many of them were just good young men taught wrong. A lot of them didn’t know how to express their pain except through violence or some type of drug. Many of them didn’t even know how to spell but I tried my best to help them and I couldn’t help them all, but I did notice that once they saw that someone cared some of them started to put forth the effort to change.

We need people involved in the process of the criminal justice system that care more about the lives of the broken then a conviction. And I don’t say any of this to take away from the many people who have been hurt by the hand of those who are doing time. But I do know that hurt people hurt people and those hurt people need help.

If you have read this thank you for sharing a piece of me. Have a good day. Sincerely, Frank (FLAJ)