CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - A former inmate now given a new, fresh chapter on life spoke about his experiences Thursday afternoon at Conway High School.
Loris resident Travis Orange returned home last September after 14 years in jail. With the help of SC Works, he was able to find a job to help him secure his place back in the world.
He has also taken the opportunity to mentor to children in need a voice as a part of the RISE program.
The initiative is geared toward at-risk students. The hope is they will make better choices when they hear a voice of wisdom, which in this case is the voice of former inmates.
"Everybody's not strong enough to do time in prison, or be able to go through endurance of the time in prison," Orange said. "So they lose their mind, they go crazy."
For Orange, the transition back into society wasn't an easy one, but he said he was determined to set high standards so he'd experience great success in the future.