Good guy and convicted thief Don Tollefson is out of jail and living in the pantry of a group home in North Philly. His image reclamation project began today with an article in the Daily News in which Tollefson explained how he’s been sober, didn’t get attacked in jail because he befriended good Philly guys, and is starting a FOR-PROFIT substance abuse victim recovery program to pay back the many people he defrauded whom, thus far, he has paid $23 each in restitution. Oh, and what was he up to in the slammer?
At SCI Pine Grove, where he attended daily Bible classes and 12-step meetings, he found satisfaction tutoring teens who had been adjudicated as adult offenders. He also spent days in the library researching addiction and the rise of opiate use. And, for fun, he attended most of the 15 basketball games played each week by the prison’s teams.
He took copious notes and then recorded a half-hour highlights show for broadcast on SCI Pine Grove’s internal inmate channel.
Tollie has no plans to get back into broadcasting and is writing a book focusing on America’s opiate epidemic. You can read the full article here.