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How One Retired Bulldog Gang Member Is Using Education To Combat Gun Violence In Fresno

Alfredo Gonzalez, 42, sat down in the Project Rebound office at Fresno State on a Wednesday morning. He was there to register for a two-day criminal justice class that would count for one unit toward his bachelor’s degree. “Although I’m at (Fresno) City I’ve been part of Project Rebound since before I got out of prison,” he said. The program helps formerly incarcerated people go to college and graduate. He’s slated to graduate from Fresno City College next semester with five associate degrees: social and behavioral sciences, sociology, American studies, arts and humanities, and business. Gonzalez said he’ll transfer to Fresno State and then hopefully law school. But before he started this new life, he was in Salinas Valley State Prison. It’s a place he thought he would never leave. “So I said, ‘I’m going to be the best Bulldog (gang member) I could ever be, the best criminal,” Gonzalez said. “And that’s what I did for the next 15 to 18 years. I just tore up the prison system any chance

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