In my view, reading is among the most important skills we can achieve from an education. Without it our life options remain quite confined. Given that we also live in a world of financial commerce of all kinds, knowing the basics about money and how to manage it can also be crucial. "Wall Street" can never make up for the life he took in his youth. Nonetheless, what he is teaching his fellow inmates can, once they return to the normal workaday realm beyond prison walls, be a life changing service to many of them.
"Overall, the goal is to get the money to give it back to the community," Carroll says. "When I look at how Bill Gates and Warren Buffett give 90 percent of their wealth away, I thought, what better way than to go back and help the things I've destroyed?" From "Inmate with Stock Tips Wants to Be San Quentin's Warren Buffett," by The Kitchen Sisters, NPR's Around the Nation, August 14, 2015.