He was facing life in prison. Now, he’s the CEO of the ‘Instagram for the Incarcerated.’
Updated: Mar 26
At the age of 15, Marcus Bullock made the biggest mistake of his life. It was 1996, and he was living in Prince George’s County, Maryland. One night, he and a friend carried out an armed carjacking on a man sitting idle in a shopping mall parking lot. This act landed the teen a potential life sentence — and he eventually served 8 years in a Virginia state prison. During that time, Bullock decided to turn his life around. Today, he is the founder and CEO of Flikshop, an app that allows anyone to send a personalized postcard photo or message to any incarcerated person in the United States.
Several years before Bullock’s conviction, the 1989 Central Park jogger case — in which 5 minority youths were (falsely) charged with raping a jogger — made national headlines. In the aftermath of this high-profile case, nearly every state passed new laws that made it easier for courts to try youth as adults. According to the nonprofit organization Campaign for Youth Justice, hundreds of thousands of youths were (and continue to be) charged as adults every year.
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