The real-life story of Judge Mathis is heartwarming and inspirational. Greg Mathis was a gang member who dropped out of school, was in and out of jail and then overcame these adversities to become the youngest judge in the history of the state of Michigan.
The inspiration for his own TV court show, the Judge’s personal story is also the subject of a book, “Inner City Miracle,” released by Ballantine/One World Books in October 2002.
When he is not on the bench, Mathis makes it a point to give back to the community and to those in need of guidance. In May 2002, Mathis hosted his first Self-Empowerment Expo in Detroit, designed to encourage individuals to develop and achieve worthy goals, and prepare themselves for a more prosperous future. The Expo has since become an annual event in Detroit and has now branched out to other cities. The fifth annual Detroit Youth & Education Expo will take place August 19, 2006. The Expo offers speakers, workshops and other resources that offer today’s youth a chance to better themselves.
Check out this video of an episode of his syndicated TV Court show:
Judge Mathis speaks on his book “Street Judge”: