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She presents stories of success such as “Gifted Hands,” about Ben Carson, a frustrated black youth from inner-city Detroit who became a doctor, and “Life in Prison,” about former gang member and death row inmate Stanley Williams, to show how peer influences can propel a person down the wrong path.

“The response from the students has been great,” Ashley said. “Some of them think about jail and how at 9 years of age Williams thought it was great to hear older boys talk about prison and wanted to go there.”

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