From the age of four until he was 16, Clark Porter was placed in seven foster homes and five residential treatment centers. He also dropped out of school in the 9th grade. At age 17 Clark and a man robbed a post office and were quickly arrested. In spite of his young age, Clark was prosecuted at as an adult and was sentenced to a 35 years federal prison term. While in custody and still a teenager, Clark was sent to USP Marion, the prison that replaced Alcatraz and the institution that held the most violent federal inmates. He worked various jobs while incarcerated, and also obtained his GED.
In 2001 Clark was released to serve a twenty year parole term. He obtained employment and enrolled in college. While on supervision Clark faced many challenges but kept an excellent attitude and successfully adapted to the community. He eventually graduated from Washington University of St. Louis and obtained employment as a counselor. Because of his outstanding performance while on supervision, Clark's parole was terminated in 2008, more than thirteen years early. He also received a Master of Social Work degree. In 2009 Clark applied for a position with the Federal Court and U.S. Probation Office as a jobs and families specialist. Because of Clark's incredibly hard work and unique talents, he was appointed as an employee in the very same Court where he previously received a 35 year prison sentence. Clark remains employed there today, and is a very valued member of the Court staff.
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