by Gerald T. Balone
Abandoned at birth, Jerry Balone spent most of his life in foster homes, orphanages, detention centers and reform schools before going to prison for his involvement in a robbery/burglary in which three people were killed. His story of crime, gangs, and prison life is one that should be read by anyone who believes in the power of education, rehabilitation, and redemption.
Jerry Balone holds a MPS in Urban Ministry from New York Theological Seminary, a MS in Community Administration and Wellness Promotion from California College for Health Science and several other degrees.
Since Mr. Balone's release from prison on August 14, 2007, he has spoken and numerous schools, churches, colleges, prisons, and businesses. His story of rehabilitation and redemption was shown all over the world on The 700 Club. Numerous articles have been written about the work he has done in helping to prevent young people from making the same horrible choices he made.
Sadly, Jerry died in 2013.