A remarkable life
EDUCATION + EXPERIENCE = EXPERTISE
Today John Hogan holds a BA Sociology, a certificate in Social Work,
two specialist diplomas in the field of substance misuse, and is a
respected, insightful and passionate speaker, with real-life
experience of his specialist subjects; however, this wasn’t always
As a young adult,
John was a member of two organised and ruthless criminal ‘crews’
involved with the importation and distribution of
cocaine, phencyclidine, L.S.D. and cannabis.
lifestyle choices, accompanied by a 20-year drug addiction,
ultimately led to him being the main perpetrator in a gangland
slaying as part of his role as enforcer in a criminal gang.
The Canadian Law
Courts sentenced John to the most severe punishment available under
Canadian Law – 25 years’ incarceration before being considered
eligible for parole.
John received a
four-year reduction to his sentence for good behaviour at the
Judicial Review hearing following 16 years’ imprisonment.
In total, John
spent 24 years incarcerated in the Canadian Correctional/Penal
But John did not give himself up to a life of
crime and convictions, instead he put his incarcerated time to
productive use and completed his BA in Sociology with a minor in
Social Work, plus certificates in Addictions Studies and Addictions
Carework – a real achievement when you consider that less than 1% of
convicted prisoners in Canada or the United Kingdom graduate with a
In 2001, John was deported to the United
Kingdom and put his unique knowledge and experience to use helping
young people and adults with substance misuse issues, and has been
working in the professional field since 2002.
And so, the story continues...
John Hogan - Prisoner2Professional - offers:
...aimed at students, teachers, parent evenings, youth
workers, social workers, medical professionals, job centre staff,
law enforcement officers - anyone involved in working with people
with substance misuse issues.
"In line with John's exceptional substance misuse knowledge
was his incomparable ability to engage and captivate any audience.
The feedback he received from professionals, members of the public
and any other interested party was excellent without exception.
Approximately 12 months into the project John disclosed his
past criminal history to me. To say the least, as a Police Officer I
was shocked is a gross understatement, however, this ultimately did
not detract from my respect for John, and I believe I have made a
dear friend for life."
P.C. # 613
From hardened prisoner...
...to matchless professional
...with academic grounding
"I have worked with John for over 3 years.
In this time he has impressed me with his passion, his principles
and his excellent speaking skills.
There is no doubt in my mind that John is a good speaker, who can
draw on personal experience to make the substance misuse areas “come
alive” for people who do not know much about it."
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Dr Arun Dhandayudham
Clinical Director/Consultant in Addictions Psychiatry,
Northamptonshire Drug and Alcohol Service, Northamptonshire
Healthcare NHS Trust