Thursday 22 March 2012


Dru Mackenzie was convicted for fraud in 2008 but has since rebuilt his life with the help of friends and family. He now runs a successful coach business with two business partners and is currently developing his career as a TV presenter.

We were asked by Dru to film and edit an interview that would explore his background and help to tell his story – offering up some insights into why he made the mistakes that he did, and how he successfully got himself onto the 'straight and narrow'.

You can watch a clip of the interview here:

1 comment:

  1. For us ex-cons and the rules for our survival are written in a different paper under different norms and different scopes. We are treated as we were nature’s scum. We are not trustworthy and we do not deserve another opportunity to gain a respectful way of living. Studies show that a high percentage of released inmates will go back behind bars in a period of three years or less. High unemployment rates and lack of opportunities might take us back to an environment that up to a certain point is secure and our survival is guaranteed.
    Three meals a day, housing, bedding, toiletries and even a job are perks of being behind bars. For some individuals that is a lot more of what they are able to get on their own while on the streets. Is it because we are not capable of earning our own living when on the streets? Is it because we just like to live under the care of Correctional Officer that gets to back to his family every night? I personally don’t think so; it is a matter of learning the rules of the new game that we are forced to play which is called “former inmate”
    There are many ex-cons that are not criminals; don’t get me wrong, many of them are. Most of us are not criminals but simply committed a criminal act in the past. How do we prove the world that we are over it? What is the path that I have to follow so I don’t walk again to the wide door into I was pushed for a few or even many years? It all goes back to the rules. It all goes back as of how we play the game of freedom in which we have to make in order to get our three meals a day, housing, bedding, toiletries and a job.

    Carlos Osorio, Ex-convict, Author and Intensive Supervision Program Graduate. Mr. Osorio has successfully assisted program members with job search solutions and has given speeches to local ex-offenders. Questions or comments to