"People are 40, 30 years old coming home. There is no home. You're 30 years old. Don't nobody want you on their couch!"
Under terms of his release, Cross could not travel to the south side.
"Ya'll stuck me in and pretty much told me I could only go to the most murderous part of Milwaukee and I can't leave!" Cross said. "It was a chore everyday to wake up and not hit the south side that's where all the temp services were at. I've been in the joint forever, this is the only job I'm going to get."
To be more marketable Cross changed his appearance.
"I got rid of my contacts. I wear white glasses cause they soften my features. I'm way less of a threat with glasses on. You know what I'm saying...my pants fit because I'm way less of a threat without my drawers showing. I had to co-flip somewhat for people to give me a chance to even speak to them."
But James changes are apparently working. He's one semester away from earning a degree in Biology from UWM. He credits one local social service agency will helping him find the way.
"I came to the Alma Center and found a place where people wanted me," he said.