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Out of the Red: My Life of Gangs, Prison, and Redemption
by Christian L. Bolden
Rutgers University Press, 2020
Cloth: 978-1-9788-0453-1 | Paper: 978-1-9788-0452-4 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-1345-8
Library of Congress Classification HV6439.U7T36 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 364.1066092

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Out of the Red is one man’s pathbreaking story of how social forces and personal choices intertwined to deliver an unfortunate fate. A childhood of poverty, institutional discrimination, violence, hopelessness, and other traumatic experiences, his life course took him through the treacherous landscape of street gangs at the age of fourteen. For a kid from poverty and family strife, thrown away by the public education system, the Bloods offered a sense of family, protection, excitement, and power. Incarcerated during the Texas prison boom, the teenage former gangster was thrust into a fight for survival as he navigated the perils of adult prison. As mass incarceration and prison gangs swallowed up youth like him, survival meant finding hope in a hopeless situation and carving a path to his own rehabilitation. Despite all odds, he forged a new path through education, ultimately achieving the seemingly impossible for a formerly incarcerated ex-gangbanger.
 

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