Born in 1969, Corey grew up in the Bronx borough of New York. An only child, he lived with his mother only a few short years of his life before she found herself overwhelmed by the parental responsibilities that came with being a young, poor, single mother and eventually became heavily involved with drugs and alcohol. He was then raised by his loving grandparents who dedicated their lives to providing him with a nurturing environment, morals, and values. He attended Mount Saint Michael Academy in the Bronx where he played football and basketball and received his high school diploma in 1987. After graduating high school, Corey attended college in New York and Virginia. While in Virginia trying to pursue a college degree, Corey allowed himself to fall prey to peer pressure and substantially deviated from the educational path he was on by making the decision to engage in drug dealing – a decision that became the biggest mistake of his entire life.
Corey writes from prison, “The past 16 years of incarceration has allowed me to reflect on the bad choices I made at a young age. I squandered an opportunity to attend and graduate college. I disappointed my grandparents who sacrificed their lives by taking me in and providing me with a loving and nurturing home; now they are both deceased along with my mother and father. More importantly, I had a family of my own and due to my actions, my children have to deal with a father that is spending his life incarcerated.” Corey accepts full responsibility for his actions and carries a tremendous sense of remorse and guilt for the far-reaching impact of his bad choices.
Corey has always been a constant light in a too often dim world.
Several years prior to his incarceration, Corey realized that he had taken the wrong path and began to get his life back on track by working his way into becoming a legitimate business man. During this time he discovered a passion for giving back to his community. Corey co-founded and was the driving force behind a community basketball organization for underserved youth in Atlanta called Worldwide Game Elites (formerly known as World Wide Renegades and referred to as “WE”). Worldwide Game Elites remains in existence today and has expanded to cover the entire state of Georgia due to the dedicated leadership of two of Corey’s close friends who wanted to see his vision continue to flourish. Corey’s presence is still felt within the organization. In spite of his current situation, he makes a point to consistently reach out even from within prison to positively influence and make a difference in the lives of the youth.
Since his incarceration, Corey has written an anti-bullying children’s book series and a book on domestic violence. He has also designed a prototype called Square Up Now, a re-entry program tailored to provide assistance to men and women transitioning back into society from prison.
Despite knowing he faces the grim reality of dying in prison, Corey has maintained a positive attitude and worked meticulously on personal growth and development for himself as well as that of fellow prisoners. A man who shared a cell with Corey in prison for two years and has since been released, has this to say about Corey and his commitment to a new life and helping those around him “Corey had a great influence on me in prison and just changed the whole way I was thinking and viewing life. What was so amazing was you had someone serving a life sentence and instead of him having a defeatist mentality he wanted to help everyone around him. Corey gave me inspiration to succeed. I just honestly believe that if my path had not crossed with Corey, I would not be where I am today. My life is better because I had the opportunity to meet this outstanding man.”
Corey prays that he is released so that he can use his experience to help others. It is his dream to be able to give back to the community that his involvement in drugs took so much from. There is no doubt that drugs are a terrible societal problem. However, Corey has severely paid the price for his crime by serving the past 16 years of his life in prison laboring under a dark cloud of the harsh reality of dying there for a non-violent drug conspiracy. He demonstrates no legitimate threat to public safety and should be allowed the opportunity to move beyond his mistakes and prove he can be a benefit to society.