To say Andy grew up on the other side of the tracks is an understatement. Four generations of his family, including himself, have been incarcerated. Between life on the streets as a young gang member and 27 years in prison, he earned a doctorate degree from the School of Hard Knocks. Even though he experienced felonism in elementary school when his teacher predicted he would follow his father’s footsteps into prison, Andy didn’t fully comprehend its massive influence over our culture until he and his wife, Linda, coined the term to identify this institutionalized prejudice. Andy speaks with wisdom, empathy, compassion and humor to shine a light on the darkness of felonism’s destructive forces and arms us with loving ways to protect ourselves and our nation.