When Toney was 25, he was sent to a New York State prison for three and half years for possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. After satisfying his sentence as a non-violent drug offender in 31 months, he returned to his community in 2008.
Following his release, he studied business administration and political science at Lincoln University. Toney eventually founded M.A.D.E. (Making a Difference Everyday) Transitional Services, a reentry agency in Rockland County, NY. Toney is passionate about promoting change for ex-offenders and reducing recidivism. In addition, he runs a job readiness class in the Rockland County jail twice a week. Toney also serves as a board member for the Falling Angels Sickle Cell Foundation, is on the Advisory Council for the National Correction Association of New York State, and serves as member of the Spring Valley Branch of the NAACP.
Toney is an inspiration; he has used his experience in the justice system to help better the lives of others in similar situations. The core of Mr. Earl’s message is about promoting change in the mindset and behavior of individuals. He is aiming to increase individual accountability, self-respect, self-esteem, and intrinsic motivation to combat recidivism. He brings a stimulating yet positive and simplistic message, “If I can change, then you can change.” This relatable approach serves as a reminder that past circumstances do not always have to impede future success.