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What keeps you up at night?

“I worry about making my life better every day when I go to sleep. My life isn’t where I want it to be at. I still have a barricade because I was incarcerated at young age and have a felony on my record. I’m trying to move on and I can’t – like, I want a better job, with a salary… My mind keeps chasing how much I want to be a citizen; I don’t want to do bad stuff to get money in my pocket. I go from job after job after job, they are like temporary jobs … they usually aren’t fulltime. I want something steady, something I can have for years. When I try to get a job like that, they look at my background and I can’t get past the interview.  I’m trying to succeed, but I can’t.”

– Richard R., automatically charged as an adult at age 16