Born and raised in Washington D.C, Chris grew up surrounded by poverty, drug addiction, and gun violence. At 17, he was charged with a crime, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison. He decided to turn his life around and to make a difference for people still in poverty-stricken communities. He was still in prison when he wrote his "Master Plan," which was later published by Penguin Random House. While imprisoned, he earned his high school diploma, graduated from all of the vocational shops, earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Sociology from Anne Arundel Community College, and taught himself to speak and write in several foreign languages. He became a mentor, started a career center and a book club, and, after serving 16 years in prison, he returned to society a changed man. He now resides in Baltimore and is the owner and founder of the Barclay Investment Corporation, a multi-service social enterprise, specializing in residential and commercial contracting.
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