A Life in the Balance: The Billy Wayne Sinclair Story : a Journey from Murder to Redemption Inside America's Worst Prison System

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This is his memoir. It begins with an almost unbearable account of his early years, when he was so abused by his father one wonders how he survived, and his "escape" into a crowd of hooligans, which led him to that fateful day in 1965 when he held up the convenience store. His unvarnished story takes you behind the metal doors of the Angola State Penitentiary - and other Louisiana prisons - to reveal the brutal truth of life inside. Here you will meet Billy Ray, Billy Wayne's blood brother; old Emmitt Henderson, who died of prison neglect; Jamie Parks, a seventeen-year-old kid whose fate was sealed the day he arrived in Angola; Big Mick, who ran drugs in the prison to earn money to put his handicapped sister through college; Wilbert Rideau, Billy Wayne's coeditor on The Angolite; the Dixie Mafia; and Richard Clark Hand, the young lawyer who took on Billy Wayne's case and has been fighting for his release for thirty years.

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In 1965 Sinclair killed a store clerk during a bungled robbery. He was subsequently imprisoned in what he describes as "America's worst prison system"—and this autobiographical account supports that ... Read full review

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Billy Wayne Sinclair established himself in prison as a jailhouse lawyer, defending the rights of fellow prisoners, and as a journalist. Released from prison in 2006, he is a senior paralegal at the John T. Floyd Law Firm. He lives with his wife, Jodie, in Houston, Texas.

Jodie Sinclair, Billy Wayne Sinclair s wife and coauthor, received her Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University. She resides in Houston, Texas.

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