The first time I went to prison, I was blown away. Okay, maybe blown away isn’t the most appropriate choice of words, but it’s the only phrase that comes to mind when I think about how much I learned from my time there. Prison is life distilled. Niceties are stripped away and only the bare essentials are left.

At this point, I probably should reassure you I’ve never actually been to prison in the way you might be thinking. But I have visited many times as an executive volunteer with the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, an organization I’ve worked with since 2009.

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