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Podcast • March 12, 2021

EP 8 - Wallo267’s Journey From 20 Years in Prison to Media Mogul

In this episode

Wallace Peeples, a.k.a Wallo267, was introduced to the criminal justice system at a young age. After a childhood in and out of the Philadelphia corrections system, he ended up back in the system for 20 years after a conviction for armed robbery. During his time in prison, Wallo was forced to normalize extraordinary violence, convincing himself that it was a routine way of life in order to stay sane and survive. While incarcerated, Wallo would watch TV commercials all day, constantly flipping through channels to keep him mind occupied with anything more than what he was living through. He also grew an interest in reading and learning via books and brief access to the internet. Towards the end of his sentence, Wallo managed to start building an online community of followers from behind bars due to his interest in social media and crafty ability to start posting impactful content online whenever he could gain access to a smartphone.

Wallo was released in 2017, and within only a year, rose to become an inspiring media mogul who’s hosted a TED Talk, built an online community of millions of followers who watch his informative, viral motivational videos, as well as a strong voice of reform and hope in the prison system. I had the pleasure of having Wallo on Next with Novo to talk about his incredible journey from prison to success, what we can learn from it when examining the failed state of probation and the greater U.S criminal justice system, the books and people he loves most, entrepreneurship, and more.

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This podcast was recorded on February 28, 2021.

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