Lompoc Federal Prison

Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-Year Prison Term

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Earning Freedom tells the story from the day of my arrest until the day that I walked out of federal prison 25 years later. While inside, I focused on preparing for success. My adjustment began soon after a jury convicted me. A federal judge sentenced me to serve a 45-year sentence. Laws at that time would allow me to earn good-time credit if I avoided disciplinary infractions. This book shows readers how to sustain a high level of energy and discipline through lengthy periods of struggle. As the days turned into weeks, the weeks into months, the months into years, and the years into decades, I focused on success. That strategy allowed me to avoid problems that derailed success for so many others in prison. Through Earning Freedom, I hope to show others how to conquer their own challenges.

Those who want validation of my work should watch how the new media profiled my work by clicking this video link. Or they may read an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Lompoc Federal Prison Leads to Earning Freedom

When I was at the Lompoc Federal Prison, I wrote to help people in prison. In Earning Freedom, I tell the entire story, from the day of my arrest until the day that I transferred to a halfway house.

On August 11, 1987, DEA agents arrested me.

I began making a series of bad decisions when I was 20. After watching Scarface, the movie, I began trafficking in cocaine. Foolishly, I deluded myself into believing that I could avoid problems with the law if I never handled the cocaine. Instead, I hired other people to transport cocaine from Miami to Seattle. That decision exposed me to deeper problems with the criminal justice system.

Earning Freedom describes everything that happened after the day of my arrest. I present the story in three parts: Veni, Vidi, Vici.

That is the Latin for I came, I saw, I conquered.

In the first section, I describe the difficult months that followed my arrest. Authorities held me in pretrial detention. At the time, I only wanted release from prison. I made a series of bad decisions. Instead of accepting responsibility, I proceeded through trial. A jury convicted me on every count.

After my conviction, I began reading. Earning Freedom tells the story of how Socrates, the ancient Greek philosopher, inspired me. Instead of dwelling on my own problems, I began to focus on steps I could take to prepare for a life of success while serving my prison sentence.

In the second section, I describe my adjustment. I persuaded universities to admit me and worked toward earning academic degrees, I began to publish. Writing for publication represented my way of contributing to society. Then, I focused on building a support network.

The third section, I conquered, describes how my deliberate strategy of advancing through prison empowered me. Before transferring to the Lompoc federal prison, I married the love of my life, Carole. I earned an income from writing. The strategy led to my success in prison, allowing me to return to society with my dignity in tact.

Others can learn from Earning Freedom: Conquering a 45-Year Prison Term. In Success After Prison, I describe how decisions I made in prison led to success after prison.

Those who want validation of my work should watch how the new media profiled my work by clicking this video link. Or they may read an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

The purchase price for the softcover book includes postage to all U.S. addresses. You may purchase the digital version for immediate download.

(Choose digital or paperback version)

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