Behind These Prison Walls




Lorenzo Steele Jr. was a former New York City Correction officer that has served 12 years in the nation’s most violent adolescent prison America. Leaving the department Lorenzo took with him experience and knowledge about prison life that he now shares with youth, parents and educators in an attempt to deter violence and incarceration. Starting a youth development program in 2001 he provided workshops, training and consultation in school districts that were in need of awareness about the criminal justice system. His experience has allowed him to work as a New York City Board of Education vendor where he assists schools with conflict resolution, bullying and literacy training workshops.  The program was designed to reduce incidents and raise awareness about consequences. Lorenzo has worked with the Brooklyn District Attorneys office providing gang and prison awareness to at-risk youth in schools and communities.  With such an analysis of the prison system colleges such as Columbia University, John Jay College, and New Rochelle College has allowed him to present to their college students for a more in-depth analysis of the criminal justice system.  He has serviced numerous agencies such as the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and Nassau/Suffolk (BOCES) school systems. Receiving awards from Congressional, Senate, and State Assemblyman for his commitment to community service and dedication to children he has changed the negative thought process of thousands of youth that were on the wrong path.