JERSEY CITY - A conference on opportunities for former inmates was held in Jersey City to share their stories of downfall and comeback. Among them was former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

The city runs a prisoner re-entry program to help ex-inmates from Jersey City get jobs and stay on the right path. Tyson, who served three years in prison on a rape conviction, spoke about his troubled youth and how his life of crime began.

“Because I was just so entrenched into the street world. I was just allured to that. That's what I wanted to be,” said Tyson. “You saw instant gratification as far as respect was concerned in the street world. I didn't have much patience and that's what I wanted."

Jersey City officials say in just two years of the program, it has drastically cut the rate of repeat offenses by released inmates.?