Lorenzo Steele Jr., 49, worked as a New York City correctional officer on Rikers Island from 1987 to 1999. While he was a CO, he was in charge of taking photos at retirement parties. "I'm a photographer from birth," he said. His passion for photography led him to document life inside Rikers, all without official approval, and he eventually turned the images into a photo exhibition called Behind These Prison Walls. For the past five years, he has taken the mobile gallery into high-crime neighborhoods such as Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York to educate the youths in these communities about the criminal justice system. With over 25 years of experience in working with the adolescent population, he also serves as a vendor for the New York City Board of Education, where he provides services— from gang awareness to bullying— to schools in troubled neighborhoods.