Interview with Michael Cevallos
Lovinah Igbani-Perkins interviews Michael Cevallos about his re-entry into the free world after being incarcerated for over thirty years. The interview covers Cevallos's upbringing; struggles with mental health-related and substance abuse issues; educational pursuits in prison; experiences with parole and probation officers; entrepreneurial endeavors; and trouble navigating personal relationships after his release. Igbani-Perkins has also been previously incarcerated and serves as a mentor to Cevallos. Together they discuss the hardships associated with re-entry, including the ways that the prison system fails to prepare formerly incarcerated people for their release, especially in regards to healthcare and housing security. Cevallos reveals that, at the time of the interview, he was eight months clean. He offers advice to newly released individuals who may also be struggling with the process of re-entry.