'Breaking the law was a reflex in me. It wasn't something I thought about doing or not doing. It was something I simply did. Give me an opportunity -- when I was away from the carnivals -- and I wouldn't know how not to break the law.'
A compulsive con turned compulsive crusader against crime. Tony McGilvary emerged from 22 years behind bars to turn his own life around and help other ex-cons get jobs, get straight, and stay off the street.
Marlene Webber is a writer living in Toronto. She is co-author, with Tony McGilvary of Square John: A True Story.
Tony McGilvary tells his harrowing life story to writer Marlene Webber. McGilvary is founder and first director of HELP, a program for the rehabilitation of criminals, his life's work since 1977 when he last left prison.