Robert Wood grew up in San Diego, CA and in his teens, he was involved in gangs and drug dealing. Those events led him to eventually being arrested for a gang-related drug conspiracy and a murder conspiracy under the RICO Act. Subsequently, he was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison. After being sentenced, Robert found inspiration and hope in his family, his sentencing judge, and from within.
While incarcerated Robert earned an associate’s degree and a dual bachelor’s degree with cum laude honors. He taught courses to others, tutored people enrolled in programming and was the team leader for an at-risk youth outreach program called the START Program (an acronym which stands for Start Taking an Alternative Route Today). Robert returned home from federal prison to San Diego on September 26th, 2019 under the retroactive application of the Fair Sentencing Act which was a provision of the First Step Act. He is already enrolled in an MBA program at San Diego State University through a program called Project Rebound, which offers higher education opportunities for people who are formerly incarcerated. Robert is reunited with his family and is eager to complete his master’s degree.