Discoveries of a Wanderer

Discoveries of a Wanderer


A Life Behind Bars: Transformation Through Education

posted by Jana Melpolder

Antoinne Murphy is serving a 25-year-to-life sentence for homicide at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. Murphy grew up in a middle class home in Flushing, Queens and attended private school. At 16, he says he headed down the wrong path and began selling drugs. Since his incarceration Murphy has obtained his bachelor’s degree through Mercy College, and earned a Master’s of Professional Studies from New York Theological Seminary. Through his studies and reflection, Murphy has chosen a path in ministry,  “I actually found out who I am now,” he says. “And it’s all about giving back to the community and I know that despite the fact the way I am, prison doesn’t define me”.

Reprinted from Odyssey Networks



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