Life in Prison

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Chronicle Books, Feb 1, 2001 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 80 pages
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"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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The writing feels simply honest. - Goodreads
Not at all graphic, and easy to read. - Goodreads
Tookie Williams is not a gifted writer. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Sage $J Sweeney - Goodreads

This is one of the most interesting prison books I read. It gives the everyday life of a maximum security prisoner. I recommend this book to people who want to see what prison life is like. Read full review

Contents

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About the author (2001)

Stanley "Tookie" Williams was on death row at San Quentin State Prison from 1991 until his execution by lethal injection in December, 2005.

Barbara Cottman Becnel has been interviewing Stanley Williams since 1993 and has collaborated with him on his numerous anti-gang education projects. She lives in northern California.

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