The American dream has become the African American nightmare.
The words of one of the founders of a grassroots group called Holla – who are trying to turn their experiences of imprisonment into something positive.
Instead of anger against a system they say is rife with racism and class prejudice – they want to start the process of healing America’s fractured communities.
Talking alone will not create change, they say – but it’s a beginning. Our Washington correspondent Siobhan Kennedy went to the South Bronx to meet them.