Interview with Louis Gould


Lovinah Igbani Perkins interviews Louis Gould. Louis describes his upbringing in Flint, Michigan and Houston, Texas. He faced difficult situations as a child, including abuse and difficulty adjusting to his new environment in Houston. After feeling disconnected from his peers and his family, Louis left his home and dropped out of school at a young age. Louis then describes the series of events that led to his arrest and 15 year sentence. Louis talks about the struggles he faced getting into parole, as well as the obstacles he encountered after his release. He describes the difficulties of reentry, such as employment, using new technologies, and caring for himself and his son. Louis discusses his mental health and the importance of taking care of one's self. Louis also discusses a couple of programs that have helped him stay out of prison, such as Step Up Houston.