Interview with Jose Becerra
Juania Sueños interviews Jose Becerra about his experiences serving seven years in juvenile detention facilities and prisons throughout Texas. Becerra describes his difficult home life and the circumstances leading to his arrests as a teenager; reflects upon aspects of prison culture including work, food, social dynamics, and education; and discusses the nature of his relationships with his family and the "free world" while serving his sentences. Becerra discusses his early friendships, economic hardships, family dynamics, and experience being diagnosed with cancer and receiving chemotherapy treatment from ages four to eleven. Sueños and Becerra share their personal experiences coming into contact with the police and the criminal justice system while also being undocumented. Becerra reveals how being deported back to Mexico (where he currently resides) has impacted him and his family, and how his deportation has shifted his perspective on the so-called American Dream.