Every story has a beginning and ours begins in 2009 on the Texas-New Mexico border adjacent to Mexico, just 15 miles north of El Paso. A town called Anthony, Texas is home to a Federal Correctional Institution - or "FCI," - called La Tuna. It was here at La Tuna, FCI, that federal inmates came up with several intriguing and positive ideas. One of those ideas has already turned into reality, a book entitled FALSE CONFESSIONS. The rest of the ideas will become reality in the near future.
While at La Tuna, FCI, several inmates began discussing their experiences, both prior to and during their time in prison. One of inmates in the group began to focus upon one particular theme and expounded on it. His name was Jack. Some have called him "The Wizard," and like the Wizard who pulled levers from behind a curtain to create positive things in the movie, "The Wizard of Oz," so, too, did Jack though, Jack will be the first to tell you that he didn't do it alone. And, he didn't pull any lever nor have a curtain. Jack actually created his magic from behind a large concrete wall with gun towers.
It didn't take long for Jack to become the official "Mayor" of the compound, which means he was the person who dealt with the shot callers ("Shot- Callers" are specific individuals elected to speak for their respective group / gang). The "Mayor" behind the fence is a real title. The truth is, shot-callers came to Jack. He was considered to be intelligent and fair.
During the day, Jack and the rest of the group would discuss their individual business ideas during strategy meetings held in the yard. At night, their meetings would take place within their living quarters. Some of these meetings would go late into the evening. The unit that Jack and some of the other inmates lived in was Unit 2, which is a specific housing complex for La Tuna, FCI.
Jack has since moved on to other federal institutions, such as ADX in Colorado and Big Sandy in Kentucky. There, he has met other like-minded inmates who have shared their ideas and connected with Jack's overall theme. That great theme is to: "Help others achieve success!"
Together, they all collaborated to create several prison-themed companies. Each person brings their own unique experiences and knowledge to such projects such as books, TV and motion picture production ideas, craft-beer line, a themed restaurant & cocktail bar, music production - creating the possibility of a streaming platform of opportunities, all run by others who have been affected by the criminal justice system.
All of the projects with OOBBN have one common denominator. Our commitment is this: Anyone who has been affected by the criminal justice system has ownership of his project.
Thank you for reading and stay tuned!