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My Road Home: A 13 Month Journey From Wall Street To Behind The Walls Of A Ny State Prison . Paperback – May 31, 2011

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On June 22nd, 2007 I was sentenced to prison for 2 1/3 to 7 years for committing securities fraud. After a successful Wall Street career spanning 25 years, this is where I was going to end up. I stood before the Judge asking for leniency, my family and friends looking on. Shortly afterword however I was led away to begin my sentence. How was I ever going to survive this, an upper middle class, conservative, white man, who had never before had so much as a single traffic ticket? What did I know about prison and the intricacies of how to live each day behind those walls? Notorious Rikers Island would be my first stop, placed in room with 50 other men. How would I last a day here much less several years? Days before my sentencing I concluded that I must somehow turn this horrible journey awaiting me into a positive! There must be some type of 'good' that can come form this, I kept thinking to myself. So I decided to write a journal, a daily diary so to speak, of all that I felt, saw, and experienced during my days in prison. Not only did it become my therapy, but it became this story you are about to read. I am now 52 years old, and the proud loving father to two boys, ages 21 & 17. I come from a large Irish Catholic family, six of us total. My loving parents, married 59 years, were an inspiration for me while I was away. Their countless visits, letters and phone calls carried me through some of my darkest days. The thought of them passing away while I was in prison was always my biggest fear. I would not have been allowed to attend their funerals. They passed away a year and half ago , within six months of each other, but thank God I had been released by then. I live in Morristown, NJ and do free lance writing for a living. I hope this book will open doors about the horror of prison & the despair that lurks there. But at the same time the importance of never taking those everyday things for granted anymore, summoning the will to survive. I gained such strength & enlightenment behind bars, for once you lose your freedom, you'd do anything to get them back and never lose them again.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463400306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463400309
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,245,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 21, 2011
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Jerry Byrne is the rare Wall Streeter who has gone to jail, and gone there for a crime that involved less money than Lloyd Blankfein's chopper bill. While there, he kept a diary. He has edited it --- and self-published it. As a book, it needs an editor and a proofreader. As a document, "My Road Home: A 13 month journey from Wall Street to behind the walls of a NY State Prison" is fascinating: intimate, unsparing, and a very good reason to keep your nose clean. It should be required reading for anyone on Wall Street who is allowed to play with money.

Considering all the Wall Street criminality that will never be punished, Byrne's sentence may strike you as harsh: two-and-a-third to seven years. "Four hundred thousand it cost my family in legal fees to get a result I probably would have received if I had pled guilty at my arraignment," he notes as he is sentenced. But he has no time to think about that --- he is cuffed and led to a cell with twenty other prisoners, none of them Anglo-Saxon. Food. A cheese sandwich, and the cheese "is a color I have never seen before." The room smells of body odor, and it's just 11 AM.

You can be appalled. He can't. He resolves: "Forget everything you were used to." But he doesn't. Having trouble using his new PIN number to dial a pay phone, he accepts help from a kindly prisoner --- who promptly steals the number. Shame overwhelms him: for his parents, his five siblings, his two teenaged sons.

Time to go to Downstate, three hours north. This means shackles. And, when he gets there, confinement to his cell for 23 hours each day. Three showers a week, three minutes per shower. And then it's on to Mohawk, his home for... well, that's the question, isn't it?

He does what he can. Reads a book a day. Minds his own business.
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You know how you stay up way too late reading a book when it's really good? This is one of those books. The little daily journal entries are also so short that you just keep wanting to read one more. For anyone who thinks there are cushy white collar criminal jails, they should read this. Wow...
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My road home is a fascinating look at what the journey is like for white collar criminals. Very timely with the recent wave of arrests for insider trading this book details one man's personal journey. Very honest,revealing and a good read!
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Timely, Raw, Poignant! An amazing journey navigating the landmines of prison life. "My Road Home" provides a insightful look at the reality of being behind bars. Byrne needs to assimilate into a alien jungle to survive without becoming one of them. Powered by the support and love of family and friends, Byrne journals a trip thru his own hell and back. An inspiritional story that champions the strength of the human spirit. A great read!
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