The tone and his focus on other inmates' experiences rather than his own lend the book weight and authenticity, opening a window into the corrupt, violent, and ultimately counterproductive society of American prisons.”
—Edward Humes, Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review
On August 11, 1987, DEA agents arrested me. I was 23 years old and guilty of trafficking in cocaine. As a consequence of that crime, I received a sentence of 45 years. While in prison, I made a commitment to prepare for a law-abiding life upon release. That...