The Amazing Life of Sidney Davis

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Sidney Davis is a former offender who is now a leader within the reentry and larger community in Washington, D.C. He is employed as a bus driver; he is running for election as president for his local transit union.

Sidney’s transformation has been chronicled by a variety of media sources,  including the Washington Post.  Columnist Courtland Milloy in 2013 wrote: “While riding a Metrobus recently, I watched the driver help a blind man find a seat, then help him off the bus, wave oncoming traffic to a halt and escort him — arm in arm — to the other side of the street.

It was a common courtesy made remarkable because the driver was Sidney Davis, whom I’d first met in 1981 when he was an inmate at the Lorton Correctional Complex. He was nine years into a 20-years-to-life sentence for murder.

“God granted me freedom so I could help others,” said Davis, 66, after returning to the bus.

Once considered “incorrigible,” Davis had held the Lorton record for the most time spent in solitary confinement. Then, to the disbelief of many, he declared himself a “born-again Christian” and started an annual prison prayer breakfast and other self-help programs for inmates, ” see https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/ex-convict-and-metro-bus-driver-sidney-davis-looks-to-give-something-back-to-dc-community/2013/03/05/6d2567ac-85ea-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394_story.html.

The radio program provides an overview as to the transformation of Sidney Davis.

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