In January 1999, Quan Huynh shot and killed a man in Hollywood. He received a prison sentence of fifteen years to life in a state that, at the time, did not parole prisoners with life sentences. Quan had been a member of a violent and ruthless Vietnamese street gang, and behind bars, he spiraled out of control.
Until he discovered a new path—one that prompted him to commit to self-reflection, truth, and personal responsibility. After spending twenty-two years in and out of correctional institutions, Quan was paroled from his life sentence in 2015, and created his first company six months later.
He’s now the post-release program manager for Defy Ventures, a nonprofit helping those with a criminal past transform their lives through the journey of entrepreneurship. In his new book, Sparrow in the Razorwire Quan who has received the Peace Fellowship Award for his work with Alternatives to Violence Project, explores how he transformed his life from inside a place many see as the end of the road. For every book sold, a copy will be donated to an incarcerated Entrepreneur in Training (EIT) through the Defy Ventures program.
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