Life in Prison
Chronicle Books, 2001 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 80 pages
"The true stories I've written in this book are my living nightmares. My greatest hope is that the lessons the stories offer will help you make better choices than I did." Stanley "Tookie" Williams, cofounder of the notorious Crips gang, is a death-row inmate. But in his two decades of incarceration, Williams has also become a respected author and activist whose dedication to ending gang warfare in the lives of inner-city children has earned him a 2001 Nobel Peace Prize nomination. In this award-winning bookwhich has drawn praise from educators, government leaders, and families alikeWilliams describes the brutal reality of being an inmate. He debunks myths of prisons as "gladiator schools" with blunt, riveting stories of overwhelming homesickness, the terror of solitary confinement, and the humiliation of strip-searches. Williams' words are a frank challenge to adolescent readers to educate themselves, make intelligent decisions, and above all, not to follow in his footsteps.
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Life in PrisonUser Review - gail51 - Overstock.com
I have not read the book but I bought it for my middle school English Language Arts classroom. We have one copy in our media center and it is always checked out. Many students have praised it highly as a motivation to want to stay out of gangs and prison. Read full review