Tommy: Why do some break bad?

Shadow of gang members
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I don’t think we’re ever more alike physically, emotionally or intellectually than we are lying side-by-side in the hospital nursery, shortly after we move out of mom and start living on our own. From that point as our proud parents take us home, our paths begin to diverge. Some follow roads are well light and uphill; others take the dark and downhill path. But why?

Christian Bolden is the Chair of the Criminology and Justice Department at Loyola University. He’s also the author of “Out of the Red: My Life of Gangs, Prisons and Redemption.” Dr. Bolden was in a gang as a teenager and found himself in prison at 17. He moved past that to become a nationally known criminologist. How?