Freda King struggled with a twenty-year drug addiction during which she became involved with the criminal justice system. It took many years for her to realize her ability to overcome all odds and reach her true potential. Today, Freda is a Program Supervisor for the DISC Village-L.I.F.T. Program, a reentry program that partners with the Leon County Jail in Florida. She works with men transitioning from the jail back into the community.
Freda is also an aftercare case manager for the Florida Department of Correction CORE program where she helps men transitioning from prison back into the community. She trains mental health professionals on substance abuse trends, relapse and recovery, and she supervises the substance abuse education program at the Leon County Jail. Freda also supervises a substance education and life skills program at a local domestic violence transitional program and volunteers as a facilitator for a group at the Federal Correctional Facility for Women in Tallahassee.
Freda received the 2013 LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Award in the “Against the Odds” category from Tallahassee Community College (TCC). In March 2016 she was featured in the Tallahassee Democrat as one of the top 50 graduates from TCC. Additionally, Freda was honored as a 2016 Inductee in the TCC Alumni & Friends Hall of Fame.
Currently, Freda is attending Florida State University as a graduate student in the Criminal Justice Studies program.