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“Life of A Lifer” podcast hosted by Designed Conviction founder, Taylor Tom, in conjunction with co-host Cecilia Conley, Wife of a Lifer. Taylor Tom Conley is serving a life without the possibility of parole sentence and opens his life up to give a unique perspective, one you may not hear about in the media. The human perspective, not only from him, but he invites others to share their stories and experiences. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/designedconviction/support
 
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It is about time that we have another episode of Story time, Taylor Conley talks a little about what's going on an the trials an tribulations faced while in prison and working on all these projects. Designed Conviction Entertainment re releases So Cold through there new distribution with universal music groups empire distribution. Life of a Lifer i…
 
A new venture with an old friend, remember our friend OG, one of the founders of Manifest something beautiful? With a similar concept and mission as Designed Conviction, Manifest Something Beautiful is an independent company whose mission statement is to display their beautiful expressions; through Music, Visuals, Spoken word, and through their clo…
 
Cecilia brings this great interview with Antwann Johnson, a wrongly convicted man who is currently serving a life without parole sentence in the state of Missouri. He has served more than 20 years and still maintains his innocence. Despite this fact, he is doing positive things with his time. He and Cecilia discuss his work during the Covid 19 pand…
 
In this episode of Life of a Lifer, Cecilia interviews David Bomber, a contributor to our magazine. For most of the part, he wants to bring attention to his case, below his testimony: "In a nutshell, I am the first person to be convicted in Virginia's history of both aggravated malicious wounding and second-degree murder [of the same victim] that i…
 
Today Cecilia interviews Karen Brown, a woman who was sentenced to life without parole for 25 years at the age of 21. After 35 years incarcerated and applied for parole 3 times, she was denied future hearings, making her sentence an official LWOP. Below some relevant information. The recent decision about Karen Brown is a textbook example of what i…
 
Today Cecilia interviews Jose Armendariz, a man incarcerated at the age of 16. Below is the profile he shared with us. My name is Jose Armendariz. I am a 30-year-old Mexican and Salvadoran-American man. I have been incarcerated since the age of 16. At 16, I was tried as an adult and sentenced to 80 years to life. While incarcerated, I have come to …
 
This episode takes us to Baltimore, where we met up with Chris Wilson, the man who worked his way out of a life sentence by showing he was rehabilitated. After reading his book "The Master Plan" Life of a Lifer, Taylor Conley felt compelled to reach out to him. Wife of A Lifer Cecilia Conley traveled across the country to capture the interview and …
 
Taylor talks about how he is making the most of the time, finding ways to cope while everything is taken away. Hear about the thoughts and what he has been doing. He describes a couple of pieces of art work and the inspiration behind them, one being a painting which was inspired from a Diego Rivera painting who was a famous Mexican mural painter in…
 
Torie Chisholm is a mentor and teacher for the nonprofit organization Second Chance Quest created by inmates and their families in 2015. He has been also a GED tutor. Torie has been Incarcerated since he was 15 years old at the Virginia Department of Corrections, 17 years later, he's now 32. He has a strong network of advocates who argue he got a h…
 
In this episode of Life of a Lifer, Taylor does some introspection about the past few months. From not seeing his family, modified lockdowns, testing positive on Covid 19, to going back to his unit while we all wait for the end of this pandemic. He also discusses how he enjoyed "The master plan" by Chris Wilson, who, after serving 16 years for murd…
 
Today Cecilia interviews Allen Richarson who submitted his application, he has been incarcerated since he was 18, below is the transcript of his letter. My name is Allen. I am about to turn 35 in February. I’ve been incarcerated since I was 18. Prison has been both a gift and a curse. A gift because I’ve learned some priceless lessons about things …
 
Taylor interviews Marcus Timmons's "Big Herc" As of 2016, 2.3 million people were incarcerated in the United States. These numbers are continuing to grow each year as our prison system has a revolving door of individuals that aren’t being properly rehabilitated, given the proper job skills or education to get by in life. The demands of the reentry …
 
Today we have Cecilia Conley @wifeofalifer interviewing Jolyn Armstrong, founder of La FOTA Project - Families Of The Accused. Jolyn’s son went from being a respected soldier in the military to an accused felon overnight. Their business, their relationships, and nearly every other aspect of their lives suffered through the experience of supporting …
 
Take a walk through the first days of Taylor Conley's incarceration as he was locked up on serious charges and faced the rest of his life in prison in. this exclusive insight you will only hear here, directly from the source. the struggles he faced, and how the situation impacted him. Taylor the host of the "Life of a Lifer" podcast speaks about hi…
 
Hello, this is Wife of a Lifer and today I have James Nelson "Prison Peacemaker" on the "Life of a Lifer". he comes and talks about all the positive programs he has been involved in, which sadly have been put on hold due to the pandemic. Visit us at www.lifeofalifer.com James describes himself as: My name is James Drannon Nelson II. I'm currently i…
 
Taylor interviews Bubba Sparxxx. Bubba Sparxxx is a rapper from Georgia who was first influenced by the sounds of 2 Live Crew. His song featuring the Ying Yang Twins, Ms. New Booty reached number 7 on the Billboard top 100. Bubba was recently featured on Taylor’s new EP and is very supportive of Taylor’s movement to show the world that the incarcer…
 
In this episode of Life of a Lifer, Lucy tells us about her amazing life and podcast. Life on the Outside is a podcast that shares stories about returning to society after decades of incarceration. For many, the process of reentry is complex and they navigate a society that is in many ways very different from the one they left decades earlier. You …
 
Today we have Jose Lugo, who is thirty-three years old. He would join a L.A. street gang when he was sixteen and would be convicted and sentenced to five years in prison at the age of eighteen. When he paroled from prison, he vowed to himself that he would never go back and dreamed of one day telling the stories of his peers. Jose Lugo currently tr…
 
"Hey human" podcast host, Susan Ruth joins Taylor Conley on Life of a Lifer. Life of a Lifer’s host Taylor Conley talks with artist, singer, songwriter, and podcast host of Hey human podcast, Susan Ruth, after growing up in Seattle, Washington, Susan sets out to pursue her music career, moving to Nashville and got into songwriting for other artists…
 
Taylor speaks with Brian Dolinar, Ph.D. an independent, experienced journalist who specializes in mass incarceration, prison, jails, and police brutality. Similar to Taylor, his goal is to give a voice to those currently and formerly incarcerated as well as their families. This is a very informative and enlightening discussion that touches base on …
 
Today we are speaking with Vernon Evans, a wrongfully convicted man from California. In 2015 Vernon was found guilty by association, he was convicted of first-degree murder and was given a life sentence. Vernon was 35 years old. Since his incarceration, Vernon has started a podcast called Wisdom From Underground that can be found on Instagram and S…
 
Did you know that Washington, like many other states, does not offer prisoners parole? There are no chances offered to those who have been rehabilitated to get their freedom and become a member of society. Bryan, like many people, was unaware of this fact. Taylor and Bryan discuss how a major problem wrong with our society is that people are simply…
 
In this exciting interview, Taylor Conley interviews musical artist Struggle Jennings. For those who aren't familiar with Struggle, he is a Nashville born rapper, his music draws inspiration from his grandfather's outlaw sound, Waylon Jennings, and modern hip-hop, rock, and country traditions. Struggle has been through it, serving time in prison hi…
 
Taylor speaks to J.C. Almanza of the fitness program Wrong to Strong. J.C. is also a popular YouTuber with over 22 thousand subscribers, telling stories of his life experiences. J.C. grew up in Southside Chicago becoming involved in gang activity at a young age. He went on to work for the cartel. J.C. ended up spending four years in a Mexican priso…
 
Today we are talking with Ezekiel Caligiuri, Ezekiel was convicted for second-degree murder and aggravated robbery, he was sentenced to 35 years, he is now 42. In 2016 Zeke published a memoir through the University of Minnesota Press about growing up in a particularly violent period in South Minneapolis, he was also involved in creating the Stillwa…
 
Taylor Conley an artist, songwriter, and entrepreneur is currently serving a life sentence in prison. He has collaborated with up and coming musician Seth Anthony to create an EP. Seth also has a history serving time in Florida prisons. After turning his life around he found his passion for music. A country style with hip hop vibes, Seth's music is…
 
Taylor interviews Mark Jackson, a man that spent almost 5 years of a 15-year sentence in 2 of Colorado's most violent prisons. Mark got arrested at the age of 55 for being involved in a Ponzi scheme where he made millions of dollars in the stock market illegally. After a near-death experience caused by flesh-eating bacteria during his sentence, Mar…
 
Today we are talking with John Aslin, a member of the Ojibwe Nation and the longest-serving nonviolent offender in the Michigan penal system. John was convicted of first-degree murder for essentially scaring a woman to death during a home break-in back in 1984. The victim suffered from a heart attack after John had left the home. John was given a l…
 
Na’im Al-amin is a well educated formerly incarcerated man who is the founder of SWAGG Inc. SWAGG INC known as Serve Witness And Give Guidance Inspiration Never Ceases. It’s a non-profit that advocates for criminal justice reform, ending mass incarceration, successful re-entry of formerly incarcerated citizens, and youth mentorship. SWAGG INC does …
 
She's a daughter, mother, a sister. She loves, she laughs, she cries. She is a person. She doesn't deserve to be forgotten. Sara Bennett a former criminal defense attorney found a way to humanize women who are serving life in prison. The incarcerated are typically seen as just a criminal, another statistic. Those who don’t have ties to incarcerated…
 
Drama equals ratings, and that’s mostly what you see on the show Love After Lockup, and Life After Lockup. But the clips you see edited together for TV doesn’t accurately represent a person as a whole. Lizzie Kommes is charming, funny, and sweet. Listen to this interview with Taylor discussing her, not about her shows, but about who she is as a per…
 
Manifest Something Beautiful is an independent entertainment company. Their goal is to send meaningful messages that resonate with their fans. The artists that make up this group are; Ogaudio_Omyth, Sk, Kaream, FiF Element, Rambo Alkada, and Shawn Kain. Not only do they spit powerful lyrics through their hip hop,, but they also create cinematic sho…
 
“I became a millionaire and then I had a mental breakdown, it was art that brought me back, art was my saving grace.” Dave Dahl. It’s true what they say, money doesn’t solve all your problems, it usually creates new ones. Dave Dahl wasn’t ready for the extreme success he attained after creating the Dave’s Killer Bread legacy. Fast-forward eight yea…
 
Hello and welcome to another edition of Life of a Lifer, brought to you by Designed Conviction, my name is Salty Candace. Today we will be speaking with Ezekiel Thomas, a man who was sentenced at the age of 16, for robbery and assault and given 50 years. Ezekiel has served 28 years of his sentence and has been busy working on a project he describes…
 
Today Taylor interviews Adam Grant After his release from 27 years of incarceration in the Michigan's Department of Corrections Adam Grant decided he could not simply focus on his own life. He could not shake the fact that he had left good men (and women) behind and that Their Life Matters too. He could not shake the fact that he had hurt people ov…
 
Studies show that 50% of people who have a criminal record don’t get a callback or interview for jobs they apply to, even if they are a perfect candidate. Josh, a highly educated man with college degrees kept facing this problem after he was released from a short prison sentence. Ever determined, he continuously searched for jobs he was plenty qual…
 
With us today is Chris Cabrera, a Minnesota man who is serving a 27.5yr sentence for 2nd degree murder & 1st degree attempted murder. Chris says he knows first hand the value of the arts in rehabilitation, and that he has moved past the stage where art is simply a personal tool. He has built programs, taught others and fights vigorously to be a voi…
 
Today we are talking with Jim Fussell, we spoke with Jim 3 months ago about Domino Deeds a pay it forward initiative that he created. Jim is housed in the Marion Ohio Correctional Institution, the largest hotspot of coronavirus cases in the country. No other state has reported as many cases of Covid-19 behind bars as Ohio, in large part because no …
 
Today Salty Candace interviews with Jeffrey Young, a Minnesota man who was convicted in 2002 and given a life sentence for first and second-degree murder, kidnapping, and assault. When asked about his crime, Jeff said : I acknowledge and accept responsibility for my crime. I'm a member of the Restorative Justice Committee here at Stillwater prison …
 
Today we have our guest interviewer, Paul Thorsteinson, interviewing Matt Emerzian. Matt Emerzian is a social innovator with the goal of transforming the world through service work. He is the author of multiple books, with the most recent publication being a book titled "You Matter." However, Matt isn't just an author, he is the founder and CEO of …
 
Taylor speaks to J.C. Almanza of the fitness program Wrong to Strong. J.C. is also a popular YouTuber with over 22 thousand subscribers, telling stories of his life experiences. J.C. grew up in Southside Chicago becoming involved in gang activity at a young age. He went on to work for the cartel. J.C. ended up spending four years in a Mexican priso…
 
Taylor speaks with Brian Dolinar, Ph.D. an independent, experienced journalist who specializes in mass incarceration, prison, jails, and police brutality. Similar to Taylor, his goal is to give a voice to those currently and formerly incarcerated as well as their families. Taylor and Brian speak about how the coronavirus is affecting prisons nation…
 
Taylor talks to Dave Dahl, the founder of Dave’s Killer Bread. They discuss the healing properties of art. Dave Dahl is an avid art collector. Art helped change his life, just like Taylor is trying to with his business Designed Conviction. Dave gave served 15 years in prison, when he was released he started working in his family’s bakery again. He …
 
Taylor interviews Bryan Brunton, a man who spent 11 years in a Florida prison. Almost three of those years were spent in solitary confinement. If one is not aware of solitary confinement it is when sensory stimulation and social contact are extremely limited for an inmate. The majority of research suggests a wide range of psychological and physiolo…
 
Taylor has an interview with Sara Bennett, a New Yorker who is a former criminal defense lawyer turned professional photographer, the artist behind www.lifeafterlifeinprison.com. Sara photographed several women serving life in prison in a way to humanize them and bring awareness to people that these are real, relatable women which made a mistake th…
 
Taylor has a discussion with Bryan Gaver who he and his wife had recently hired to film a candlelight vigil that took place on January 20th in Washington state to support those that are serving life without parole, sentenced to die in prison. During this event Bryan was enlightened to facts he was completely unaware of. Did you know that Washington…
 
Today we are talking with Bobby Bostic, a 41-year-old man that was convicted at the age of 16 who is serving a sentence of 241 years in Missouri. He was given a sentence of 241 years by Judge Evelyn Baker, making him eligible for parole when he is 112. Bobby is serving the longest sentence in Missouri given to a juvenile for non-homicide offenses. …
 
In this exciting interview Taylor Conley interviews musical artist Struggle Jennings. For those who aren't familiar with Struggle, he is a Nashville born rapper, his music draws inspiration from his grandfather's outlaw sound, Waylon Jennings, and a modern hip-hop, rock and country traditions. Struggle has been through it, serving time in prison hi…
 
Today we are talking with Joseph Dole. A Man serving a natural life sentence after being convicted of a double murder in 1998, via a theory of accountability (in other words, aiding others who allegedly committed the crime). It was his first felony conviction for crimes he maintains he is innocent of. Joe is a co-founder of Parole Illinois, an orga…
 
Taylor interviews Na’im Al-amin, a well educated formerly incarcerated man who is the founder of SWAGG Inc. SWAGG INC or Serve Witness And Give Guidance Inspiration Never Ceases is a non-profit that advocates for criminal justice reform, ending mass incarceration, successful re-entry of formerly incarcerated citizens and youth mentorship. SWAGG INC…
 
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