Ta'bon, 39, now lectures, raps and confronts young people at his mock jail at Berean, on Girard Avenue near 19th. A black-and-white "police car" is parked nearby.
He said that he's been out of jail for four years after spending more than a decade of his life behind bars.
Ta'bon said he's been staying at the mock jail since Feb. 14 as part of a program called the "28 Day Prison & Death Fast." It is usually presented for the month of February. This year he plans to continue until mid-March.
This is the third year for his "jail" program. In 2011, he built a mock jail at 19th and Hunting Park Avenue. Last year, he took his message to Atlanta.
Ta'bon wears an orange prison jumpsuit for his "demonstration." Sometimes, he said, parents drag sons to his "jail" early in the morning, "just to shock them."
He said that his G-Law Movement stands for "God's Love at Work." It includes his wife, Gwen Jackson, and 6-year-old son, Lowercase g-law. One theme is "Education Over Incarceration."
In January 2008, Ta'bon's then-girlfriend, Chante Wright, 23, was killed when she returned to the city despite being placed in a witness-protection program in Florida.
Last week, Ta'bon showed a beautiful color photo of Wright, looking like a model. Then he flipped it around. There was a black-and-white morgue photo of her, blood spattered on her nose and at her neck.
"I don't want y'all to have to go through this," he told young men.
At the end, visitor Demetrius Sutton, 19, said of Ta'bon's lecture: "I think it will help people do better in life and not go down the wrong path."
The Ta'bon family video "Education Over Incarceration" is at: http://ph.ly/Tabon.
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