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Author Betts, R. Dwayne.
Title A question of freedom : a memoir of survival, learning, and coming of age in prison / R. Dwayne Betts.
Published New York : Avery, c2009.
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 Floor2 Best Sellers  HV9468.B48 A3 2009    IN LIBRARY
  
Description 240 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents 1. Thirty minutes -- 2. Things I don't know about my father -- 3. Fairfax County Jail : R cells -- 4. Will you accept this call? -- 5. Halfway to Hell -- 6. A need for space -- 7. The meaning of a tattoo -- 8. Running from trouble -- 9. The tale of a High School diploma -- 10. Joseph's hand -- 11. Another bullet to the brain -- 12. The forgiveness parade -- 13. Penalties and broken illusions -- 14. Transfer -- 15. A different kind of road trip -- 16. An old story -- 17. Prison 101 : SRC, an intro -- 18. The mathematics of reunions and a nation -- 19. Names and naming -- 20. Finally, the knowledge or something close to it -- 21. Another trip in the wrong direction -- 22. Weed -- 23. The people I knew -- 24. The cost of a knife -- 25. Fishing from the hole -- 26. Fifteen hours to a super max -- 27. How to make a knife in prison -- 28. Sussex 1 State Prison -- 29. Back in the hole -- 30. A pile of hair around my feet -- 31. Drinking age -- 32. Names -- 33. Most of the way home -- 34. The color line -- 35. Pronouncing the word Soledad -- 36. Every admission amounts to this -- Epilogue.
Summary At the age of sixteen, R. Dwayne Betts--a good student from a lower-middle-class family--carjacked a man with a friend. He had never held a gun before, but within a matter of minutes he had committed six felonies. In Virginia, carjacking is an offense requiring treatment as an adult. A bright young kid, weighing only 126 pounds, he served his eight-year sentence as part of the adult population in some of the worst prisons in the state. This is his coming-of-age story. Utterly alone--and with the growing realization that he really is not going home any time soon--Dwayne confronts profound questions about violence, freedom, crime, race, and the justice system, and above all, a quest for identity. --From publisher description.
Subject Betts, R. Dwayne.
Prisoners -- Virginia -- Biography.
Prisons -- Virginia.
ISBN 1583333487 (alk. paper)
9781583333488 (alk. paper)
9781583333969 (pbk.)
1583333967 (pbk.)
OCLC number 262428486