Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Hero's Journey.
About Ismael Nazario's TED Talk
As a teenager, Ismael Nazario spent more than 300 days in Rikers Island's solitary confinement before being convicted of a crime. He describes how every day was a test to survive.
About Ismael Nazario
When Ismael Nazario was a teenager, he was arrested for robbery and sent to Rikers Island.
Nazario's story was part of a report by the Center For Investigative Reporting focusing on teens in solitary confinement.
Now Nazario works as a case manager for the Fortune Society where he helps former inmates from New York's Rikers Island jail reintegrate into society after their release.