Jan. 20 2021 – Perry Gaidurgis (oldest of eight children) was released in 1979 from the Southern Maryland Correctional Camp after serving three years of an eight year sentence for an eight dollar armed robbery. As a heavily tattooed 21 years old returning citizen he quickly began speaking in southern Maryland high schools about his family addiction & mental health recovery process and life behind bars. While incarcerated he re-started his education with self-study and earned his GED in the Prince Georges County Detention Center. Perry later attended and later taught classes, workshops and peer groups at the Charles County Community College and the Maryland Office of Education and Training for Addiction Services. He’s been clean and sober ever since and has a long list of accomplishments in recovery.


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