From 30 Years in Prison to College Graduate

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Joseph Valadez Graduates from California State University Long Beach

We love sharing stories about the amazing things people can accomplish after leaving incarceration.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more inspiring story than that of Joseph Valadez. After spending more than three decades in prison, and coping with addiction and homelessness outside the system, he decided to turn his life around.

This month, Mr. Valadez graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a degree in sociology.

He didn’t stop there. Not only did Mr. Valadez make the university president’s honor list and dean’s list, he’s aiming to continue his education and earn an master’s degree in social work.

Please take a few minutes to watch this story from ABC 7 in Los Angeles to learn more. Congratulations to Mr. Valadez!