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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Joint FX Press; 4th edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970743602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970743602
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Find less outlaw glamour and more practical advice in the top choice of Prison Talk s David Frisk: 'How to Do Good After Prison: A Handbook For Successful Reentry,' by Michael B. Jackson. Jackson, who spent 10 years in prison for armed robbery and drug offenses, also informs and inspires convicts and former convicts at the JointFX Web site and on his YouTube channel. --NY Times Magazine "This Weeks Recommendation" 4/6/08

Great Book! Everyone entering prison should be handed a copy. Very straightforward, down-to-earth, and knowledgeable. Extremely practical and supportive. The advice is terrific on all levels. --Writer's Digest

Overcoming the barriers to a successful life after doing time in prison will be a lifelong journey for any person. This book is written to inspire, motivate and guide the man committed to making his journey productive, positive and prosperous --Michael B. Jackson

Great Book! Everyone entering prison should be handed a copy. Very straightforward, down-to-earth, and knowledgeable. Extremely practical and supportive. The advice is terrific on all levels. --Writer's Digest

Overcoming the barriers to a successful life after doing time in prison will be a lifelong journey for any person. This book is written to inspire, motivate and guide the man committed to making his journey productive, positive and prosperous --Michael B. Jackson

About the Author

Michael B. Jackson is author and publisher of 3 books, How to Do Good After Prison: A Handbook for the Committed man (2001), How to Love and Inspire Your Man After Prison (2003), and Como Cumplir Con Tus Obligaciones: Al Salir De La Prision: Guia practica una vida mejor (2005). He is a motivational speaker and Transition/NuEntry Readiness trainer for incarcerated people. formerly incarcerated people and their families.The New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission has employed him for 21 years. Mr. Jackson, who was formerly incarcerated, has been featured in numerous newspapers and has appeared on several national television and radio shows.

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I think it helped him and will be very useful when he gets out and I think it helped him changed his way of thinking.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By D. Reese on March 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
As the mother of a son who is currently in prison, I have ordered several books in an attempt to get some kind of idea of what we can expect both in prison and when he gets out. This is one of only two books that I have found to be most helpful. The writer has a unique understanding of the system on both sides of the barbed wire and gives some excellent tips on how to succeed. Our family has never dealt with anything like this so we are completely in the dark and this book shined the light on some points I had never thought of that might have taken me by surprise if I had not read this book first. I highly recommend this book both for inmates and their families.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "mjwyogini" on April 7, 2003
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This book, written by Michael B. Jackson is straight up and straightforward. He tells it like it is, and I would recommend this book to anyone who is in prison, just got out, even just going in, and even to those loved ones of a prisoner or parolee.
I have been in prison myself, and my fiance is in prison. We have now both read and discussed it, and it is a very useful tool for help when a person decides he or she wants to change his or her life and not be jailin' for the rest of it.
Marsha
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Renee on July 25, 2001
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I purchased this book for my husband who is in prison for the 3rd time in 4 years. my husband is really glad that i found the book for him. he says it has given him a lot of insight on how he will approach his upcoming release in a better more prepared way.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By THE AUTISTIC WEREWOLF TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 15, 2006
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The book is an insightful honest passionate look into what issues an ex-convict will have to face when they are released. The book is basically a lot of very common sense advice to ex-convicts written and presented in a language and style I am sure they are uniquely qualified by their prison experiences to understand.

While I suggest the book has lots of so called, "Common Sense" advice I speak as a man who has never been to prison and will hopefully never know the prison experience first hand. What is simple basic "Common Sense" self respect, personal dignity, manners, and civics' 101 that I learned at my grandmothers knee and at church is likely a strange new world to ex-convicts. I am the product of a loving home and strong grandparents who took time to teach me to be a strong civil respectful black gentleman. I am a far cry from ex-convicts many of whom had no strong father figure so they learned how to survive on the hard cold gang and thug infested streets.

This book is a rough blueprint designed to show life long thugs and ex convicts with the desire to improve themselves how to strive for goals and demand levels of respect far greater than what a clinched jaw, a strong fist and a loaded gun will ever bring them. The book is written by a person who speaks a highly cultured rarified version of prisonese but that just proves he is real when he says he divorced himself from his former prison life \ mentality.

The author states specifically that this book alone will NOT save an ex-convict from themselves. The author states correctly that this book is merely a tool. Honestly it is not the quality of this book as a tool that defines the likelihood of an ex-convicts ultimate success.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Deanne Burk on April 28, 2009
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This book gave basic advise about how to fill out applications, dress for interviews, etc. Not very useful with regards to dealing with the stigma of being in prison. Not much about how to convince an interviewer that a prisoner can be a good candidate for a position, etc.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Phillips on March 28, 2007
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This is the 2nd book I have read by Mr. Jackson, and have passed this along to others that are in the similar situation. Great, easy read. Wealth of information! Mr. Jackson himself is an inspiration!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Sonnenberg on September 5, 2007
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My son has been back and forth to prison for 20 yr. + . I bought him this book and to my amazement he is reading it. He tells me about it all the time. It has given him some great food for thought. I hope he finishes it and refers to it in difficult times. He is going to share it with his Parole Officer.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Meghann on May 4, 2008
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My Boyfriend who is in prison for some time now, read this book. He loved it and he used the word insightful. He said he wished he read it before he went in. I think it helped him and will be very useful when he gets out and I think it helped him changed his way of thinking. He has passed it along to other inmates and they have enjoyed reading it too! I suggest sending this book to someone who has a love one in prison. It's worth it!
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