About Talib M. Shakir
Talib M. Shakir is a current inmate at a federal penitentiary in the U.S. He has been serving time for the past 20 years, since he was incarcerated at age 17. His time has been met with many opportunities to grow in terms of education, experience, and knowledge. A Voice from the Inside is his latest project to bridge the gap of communication between the outside world and those currently serving time in America’s prisons.
The Director and Founder of the Reconstruct Program, Talib began his work of education on crime prevention and productive lifestyles while incarcerated. Talib went to prison at the age of 17 for a period of 20 years. During that time he took every opportunity to re-evaluate his life and turn it around for the better. He came to understand what it takes for someone to break the cycle of violence, crime, and recidivism.
While incarcerated, he has organized and facilitated numerous programs. These programs were given high recommendations as they contributed to the change and mindset of many participants. Currently he is working with Dr. Pat Williams to incorporate Life Coaching principles and techniques into the Reconstruct Program. Talib also helps facilitate a Victim Impact class with Dr. Tony Glasgow at FCI McKean, tutors GED in Spanish to other inmates, and is in training to become a certified Life Coach.
‘A Voice from the Inside’ is written by Talib M. Shakir, a voice currently incarcerated within America’s prison system. This blog also allows the public to ask questions directly to prisoners serving time with Talib. We hope the exchange can broaden perspectives, increase awareness, and educate the public about life on the inside of some of America’s prisons. This is a real live view from the inside.