David first met Ray Bishop when he came to HMP Grendon in 2003. He did well there and moved on towards release. It was not an easy path and Ray's tendency towards self destructive and addictive behaviour caused him to seek support and treatment several more times. Ray is the author of Outlaw a book based upon his experiences growing up in a council estate in South East London. Ray tells all of his early days of petty crime. Being despatched to notoriously violent youth-detention centres where he was further criminalized he graduated with flying colours to a career in London's underworld as an armed robber, a drug smuggler and a people trafficker, developing a serious addiction to cocaine and heroin along the way.
But Ray's is also story of redemption, of coming back from rock bottom and learning lessons the hard back. Enrolling in a rigorous rehabilitation programme, Ray turned his life around. He went on to realise his childhood dream of becoming British Middleweight Boxing Champion, setting up his own business and advocating for others along the way.