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Five people who became incredibly successful after being sent to prison

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After being let out of prison, you must keep an optimistic attitude when you are looking for a job. 

It can be incredibly difficult but convicted felons can become successful even after going to jail.

Here are five convicted felons who turned their lives around after leaving prison.


Judge Greg Mathis

Judge Greg Mathis is well known as the judge on TV.

He was a gang member back in the day and was sentenced to jail time for various crimes.

When Mathis was a teenager, he became part of a gang in Detroit, where he grew up.

After his mother was sadly diagnosed with cancer, he wanted to turn his life around.

He got a GED and attended Eastern Michigan University to study law.

He now runs a popular court show which has aired since 1999.

Kweisi Mfume

Kweisi Mfume served time in jail, but he also has had a notable career as a Congressman.

The US. representative was also President of the NAACP.

The ex-high-school dropout managed to turn his life around by applying to college.

He then went on to get a graduate degree from the well-respected school, John Hopkins University.

Danny Trejo

Trejo is an actor; however, he earlier did time for robbery and drugs.

Nowadays, he only does these sorts of things in movies.

The ex-felon has been in roughly 200 films where he's played the role of a hard-guy character. 

He said he'd done time in every jail in California.

Larry Jay Levine

He oversees Wall Street Prison Consultants; Larry Jay Levine faced ten years in prison.

His charges covered offenses connected to narcotics, securities fraud, possession of weapons, and obstruction of justice.

Once he got released from jail, Levine carried the knowledge he acquired from his criminal career and used it to be a prison consultant.

He has delivered legal services to both attorneys and felons.

Frank William Abagnale

Frank William Abagnale wrote $2.5 million in fraudulent checks when he was a teen.

He also successfully posed as a physician, college professor, pilot, and attorney.

All these crimes led him to serve five years in a French prison.

He was released from imprisonment under the circumstances that he would work for the U.S. Government and help them with fraud-related cases.

Abagnale now runs a fraud consulting company created to help law enforcement agencies, corporations, and financial institutions with fraud and security.

His life story was portrayed in the film "Catch Me If You Can," which featured Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio and was directed by Steven Spielberg.

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