Sharmaine was never encouraged to pursue education, growing up in a home riddled with substance abuse and taunting from those who should have protected her. After her first attempt to achieve higher education in 1996, Sharmaine became addicted to drugs and dropped out, leading to a series of hardships. But in 2012, Sharmaine became empowered to change her life, rehabilitating herself and setting her focus again on pursuing education. Sharmaine is currently working towards a degree in forensic psychology with a minor in community justice, to assist people convicted of substance abuse related offenses to seek not just criminal reform, but also rehabilitation services.

 

“I want to make a difference in people’s lives by being a powerful example and being part of a team that looks to help the person not just seek imprisonment for a crime.” – Sharmaine Smith