In this On Background report, Jamal W. Childs, a lifelong resident of East Baltimore, discusses his upbringing in a tough city, and a turn to the streets in his early High School days that would lead him to two attempted murder charges, and a ticket to the Army. Part 2, coming soon, will detail Childs’s experience in the military, while Part 3 will detail his struggles after his service. Reported by StayUp.News’s Ahmed Childs (disclosure: Ahmed and Jamal are brothers).

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Originally published on June 8, 2017.