William Beall, PWS, CRM
Peer Support Specialist for Multnomah County Forensic Diversion
Bill Beall celebrated his 60th birthday in June 2018. The contrast to his past is stark. He spent most of his life in and out of the criminal justice system, beginning with a drug conviction at 15. Half of the next 40 years were marked by drugs, crime, disappointment, and heartache. He lost family, jobs, and his self-respect.
The turning point came in 2010. Arrested on his eighth felony charge, he was told if convicted again, he would be prosecuted as a career criminal and sentenced to 25 years to life, without the possibility of parole. Bill realized that he wasn't supposed to do 25 years in the penitentiary. In 2013, Bill participated in the Discover Your Road to Success Job Club. Then he enrolled in the Prisoner Re-entry Employment Program (PREP). Now Bill works as a Peer Support Specialist and never in his wildest dreams saw a life so full and rich with so many opportunities.