I think that being passionate about something makes it easier for people to believe in what it is that you have going on. On top of that, when I explain mathematics, I talk about its beauty and I am expressive in the appeal that it has to me. Other people, especially in prisons, see this ..thing that is described to be intellect made purely aesthetic. When people see how it reflects inside me, it makes them want it as well… or so I am told.
The other side of this line of thought is: I study mathematics because it is my passion, and because it is a way for me to live a new and productive life, which in turn, makes it a vessel for serving actual justice to the people I’ve inflicted pain upon. Consequently, by dedicating so much of my life to this one beautiful thing, I think it’s natural that it is now bearing the fruits of my labor. People inside prison are all too well aware that I live a mathematical lifestyle.. and they see me hold events, an they hear me talk with mathematicians, and other members in the community. They hear me say the word “research”, but I think maybe it was lost to them. However, when my research was published and they began seeing articles published about me and our guards stopping me on the walkway to congratulate me. I had just proved to the whole prison system that you can carry out high level work -real research- inside prison. From there, three other anomalous prisoners have spoke with me and told me how my actions inspired them to work at a completely different level than what they though was possible. Since then, one of them has already published a paper on criminology.
If there’s one thing I want to see happen as a result of my passion, it is to show other prisoners that they can live a completely different life. The type of life as a productive member of society. If my passion has the power to affect the rate of recidivism, I will take that as a small contribution to justice being served.