Richard has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State University, as well as an Associate in Applied Science degree in Micro-Computer Technology, from Century College. Prior to his current position, Richard was the Alternatives to Violence Project Program Coordinator, with Friends for a Nonviolent World. He volunteers his time facilitating psycho-social workshops on mental and emotional healing to those incarcerated in State, Federal, and Juvenile Prisons, and county jails throughout the state of Minnesota; Richard is also a Racial Justice Facilitator for the YWCA and a circle group leader with juveniles incarcerated at the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center. Richard founded the Community Diversion Program—an extension of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative to help curve juvenile incarceration rates. Richard is also on the Board of Directors for “We Are All Criminals” and is in mist of writing his autobiography.