Our Prison Story: A Prisoner, Former Correctional Officer, and Crime Victim Unite for Restorative Justice in America's Prisons. (Paperback)
Step into a world behind the walls of a maximum-security prison, where an unlikely allyship between three people who are supposed to be sworn enemies unfolds into something greater: a revolutionary movement for the American prison system.
In this completely true life story, a former correctional officer of 14 years, a prisoner doing time for murder, and a former victim of violent crime, reveal with candid honesty how they found themselves seeing eye-to-eye and coming together in the shared desire to push for restorative justice and true correction in correctional facilities, from all sides -ultimately co-writing this book with the hopes that society will begin to see the urgent need for huge changes in America's prison system.
Whether you've had any experience with the prison system or not, or are intrigued by prison reform, the story of this unique partnership will give you an eye-opening and human look not only at how the prison system works, but at how beliefs are built and broken down.
See how time, observation, and reflection forces each of the authors to take a hard look at what they believe and experience the triumphs and struggles they both navigate in holding fast to some of those beliefs-and completely dismantling others.
Get an inside perspective into how they each ultimately decide to climb out of the "prisoner" or "prison guard" or "victim" boxes and find common ground in a shared commitment for change.
Discover what made all of them rebel against the system at the risk of alienation, or worse, from their peers in their quest for this change.
And most importantly, understand the why and how behind their case for ground- breaking reform. Bring your open mind and curiosity to this book and walk away with a nuanced awareness of the hidden sides of the American prison system and what can be done to make it better.