She was partway through a five-year sentence for domestic violence-related charges when she realized that something had to change in her life.
Due to a particularly traumatic childhood, Brown found herself in abusive relationships, and those abusive relationships led to incarceration. Though prison wasn’t pleasant, she credits it with helping her come to terms with her history.
It’s also where she made an important decision: “I didn’t want to come out the same way I went in,” she says. “This was a wake-up call.”