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Mark L Baynard was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, along with his siblings, by his single Mother. He also visited his dad and other siblings in Alabama each year. His mother was a very hard worker. She worked two low paying jobs in order to raise her five children. Even though didn’t earn much money, his mother raised him to be respectful to others. During his teenage years, Mark began experimenting with marijuana, alcohol and other drugs. This was just the beginning of more problems to come. Mark eventually started selling drugs and living the lifestyle that goes along with it. Due to the choices that he made, Mark ended up going to prison for drugs. Mark was released from prison after serving a two year sentence. He returned to selling drugs and making unwise choices. Within a year, Mark was back in prison for drugs. He ended up serving thirteen years. While serving his time, Mark started accepting responsibility for his actions and began addressing his personal issues.. Once he was released in 2004, he moved to Montgomery, Alabama with family. He eventually met a young lady whom he married. They now share a nine year old daughter together. Mark also has a twenty-three year old daughter prior to his marriage. Mark now works with troubled teenager in an attempt to make a difference. Mark decided to further his education by enrolling in Ashford University where he earned his Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2012. He then went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama in 2014. He is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Public Administration at Troy University. Mark plans on using his education accompanied with his personal experiences in order to help others from heading down the path that he went. Mark continues to have a passion to work with troubled teenagers. He also plans on working with adults who are in the process of being released from prison. Mark has plans on working to decrease the high recidivism rate among both juvenile and adult offenders. Mark recently wrote a book titled “100 Years: A Journey to End a Vicious Cycle.” In his book, Mark shares the true story of how his family “collectively” wasted more than one hundred years in prison. He also shares of the many challenges that he has overcome after being released. Mark encourages others to join in the journey to end the cycle of crime and prison in our communities.