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A Reality I Was All Too Familiar With
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 15, 2019
After reading this book, it hit very deeply for me on a certain level, that might not be familiar for most. When I was 19 I was convicted of my first crime and was sentenced to six years in prison. I don't remember doing most of my crime, but I do remember it happening and being blameless to the fact that I was the one who did do it. What hit me most about this book, is what they felt and were subjected to during processing and quarantine. Obviously the conditions aren't as bad now as they were then, but I remember having to be stripped and naked in front of hundreds. I remember being told I was a number and not a name. I remember having my food thrown away for looking the wrong way in line. I remember countless times having everything I owned being torn through and then discarded because the Correctional Officer wasn't happy that day. I know that people will say that our situations aren't the same. I asked for my punishment by breaking the law. I deserved to be treated like that for my crimes (they were robberies without a weapon while I was on cocaine at 19). I needed to be locked up and so on and so on. But the thing I can say the most from this book, is that everytime she talked about the helplessness and selfishness that comes along with imprisonment, it hit me so hard. When she talked about love and compassion for others, being the only true form of currency you have in prison, those words rang so true to me. I'm writing this to let anyone who has ever been incarcerated know that this book should be read. It puts into perspective what you are truly worth and what you should give to others, even your enemies. I hated authority for so long, but realized that, love is the only way to win. So I would recommend this book to everyone who needs perspective, especially those who have been incarcerated before. Thank you Corrie for your endless love! Give Betsie a hug for me.