The compelling story of a prisoner whose path to freedom was paved by becoming a service dog trainer. In his words, "the dogs actually saved' him.
Everybody deserves a second chance. Even for individuals who might have done the most terrible things, there is always space for redemption. David Bengaud, a renowned journalist, had a fascinating story to share about a man who was given a second chance. Bengaud took to TikTok to share an elaborate video about Bradley Arrowood, also called "Woody", who was in prison for 25 years before being given the opportunity to plead his case for freedom.
Bengaud starts the video by saying that he hired Bradley to train his dog. As soon as he walked into his house, he revealed that he had killed a man and was sentenced to life in prison, but got out after 25 years when he got a second chance. The creator was initially shocked to hear that and did not know what to say. He didn't feel like kicking him out, so he said, "Well, tell me the story."
Bradley revealed that he had gone to prison when he was 23 years old for luring a man to his house and killing him. After this, he was given a life sentence in the state of California. Intrigued by the story so far, Bengaued asks, "But how did you get out?" The man then revealed that Jerry Brown, who was the governor during the 70s, gave people who were serving life without parole a chance to have their "sentences commuted."
The journalist stated that commutation meant that you could go before the Parole board and make your case for freedom. Seizing the opportunity, Bradley wrote about himself, saying he was "remorseful and ashamed" along with various positive traits of his. He also utilized the small essay to highlight what he had done while in prison.
Bradley had managed to become a law graduate, trained service dogs for military veterans and became a community-minded individual. The man dedicated his long time in prison to becoming a better person. He finally shows up before the parole board and makes his case, at which point the district attorney objects to his release, saying he was an "unreasonable risk." Interestingly, the parole board thought otherwise because of all the work he did in prison for 25 years, knowing that he would never get out.
They said, "That's why we think he is rehabilitated enough to be released." On a side note, the victim's family was invited to the hearing, but they didn't show up. Bradley left prison, got married, met his daughter, who was born while he was in prison, saw his grandchild and started a dog-training business. The company, "Arrowood Custom Dog Training," where he trained service dogs, which was a skill he picked up in prison.
Speaking to Bengaud, he said, "David, the dogs actually saved my life. That's the reality. They saved me before I ever trained them." The man further expressed that he wished to thank Jerry Brown and Bengaud took Bradley to see him. The men met each other and Bradley got to thank him in person.
Bradley has been out of prison for more than five years now and he provides employment opportunities to other men getting out of prison. Moreover, he also teaches them how to train service dogs. Bengaud concluded his post by saying, "By the way, my dog Paddington loves him." People on the site loved the story and expressed their thoughts in the comments section.
@nini3015 commented, "I loved this story, perfect example that some can find redemption." Another user, @jamiebullock20, said, "Man, that's amazing. People need a chance. Not everyone is a monster. He has a good heart and it shows." Bradley's story is a true testament to why individuals deserve second chances.