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Prison From The Inside Out: One Man's Journey From A Life Sentence to Freedom by [William "Mecca" Elmore, Susan Simone]

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"Prison from the Inside Out by William "Mecca" Elmore and Susan Simone is a powerful storydepicting the struggles in the life of William and his family, his lifeat the prison, and their indomitable spirit that lifted them from darker days. The story also sheds light on a number of critical issues,questioning the nature of justice in the societal system that we livein, hinting towards the need for reform. 
Williamwas convicted for shooting a person, although he had not intended tohurt anyone. His aim was to save his friend from an embroilment, butthat very same friend testified against him at the court. This book, atany point, doesn't try to conceal the crime. It speaks about things asit happened and forces the readers to analyze deeply why we are carrying forward a system that is essentially flawed. 
Thenarrative takes us through the journey from his teenage to hisintroduction into the world of crime and drugs. The story is woven withutter truthfulness, bringing out the harsh realities that often eludeus. The book provides a fresh perspective regarding the ones who spendtheir lives behind bars, falling prey to an inefficient system. 
The book's subtitle 'One Man's Journey From a Life Sentence to Freedom' aptlyreflects the crux of the matter. It's in not giving up that Williamfinds his freedom, and Susan Simone records his words with greatarticulation, grasping its essence aptly. The image of the prison daysbecomes gloomy, scary, and brutally real, but the hope at the end of the tunnel keeps the reader hooked throughout. With the help andunconditional support of his mother and sister, William learns to seethat ray of hope. And to know how he goes about it, you have to givethis book a read. 
Thanks tothe oral history method the author has used, each and every incidenttaking place in the lives of William and his loved ones come alive inthe readers mind. It sends a strong message of hope and relentless will, that steers away from the gloomy sadness of a life sentence. This bookis an exemplary read for anyone who wishes to look at the larger picture of the justice system." - Literary Titan

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In 1993 Mecca was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced at the age of 23 to spend his natural life in prison. He had been dealing drugs, shot a gun and a man had died. Mecca fired in self-defense, but the jury disagreed. Before trial, Mecca was offered a plea that required he plead guilty to murder with intent. Mecca refused to sign. For the next 24 years he lived as a lifer in eleven North Carolina prisons. In 2011, Mecca learned about the MAPP, a program that offers offenders who committed crimes before October 1, 1994, the opportunity to be granted a parole. In 2012, Mecca was granted a MAPP, awarded honor grade and moved to the Orange Correctional Center, a minimum security prison. On Dec. 15, 2015 he was released. Since regaining his freedom, Mecca has committed himself to outreach. He works with youth through RSN, a support network for young people with problems related to addiction. He is involved in prison ministry, mediation, arbitration support, and teaches job-readiness workshops at Step Up Ministries in Durham. Mecca is a founder and lead facilitator for Wounded Healers, a program that brings together people who have been released with the incarcerated., and a member of the board of The Human Kindness Foundation. Outside of work, Will is an avid athlete and a certified personal trainer.

Simone is a documentary photographer and oral historian. Her documentary projects include: We Are All Housekeepers (an exhibition about labor history on the UNC campus), Fotos del Pueblo (an early look at the emerging Latinx community in North Carolina), Habitat For Humanity: Celebration 2000, and Nepal and Tibet: The People Who Live in Shangri-La (a collaboration with renowned Nepali poet Manjul). In the 1990's and early 2000's Simone served as the coordinator of the Prison Pen Pal Project for the North Carolina Writer's Network, pairing professional writers with aspiring incarcerated writers. She also taught creative nonfiction in the North Carolina Correctional Center for Women. In 2009, Simone began offering a workshop at the Orange Correctional Center in Hillsborough, NC, incorporating writing, film, art, and spoken word in an eclectic weekly learning circle. When she is not doing her part to stop mass incarceration, Simone works as a technical writer, editor, and yoga instructor. Her previous written work includes numerous short form fiction and technical publications and the books --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08H1DRHMW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Human Kindness Foundation; 1st edition (February 2, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 2, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2232 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 392 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0961444487
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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