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15 to Life: How I Painted My Way to Freedom

Anthony Papa --with Jennifer Wynn ** Inscribed by Anthony Papa**

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ISBN 10: 1932595066 / ISBN 13: 9781932595062
Published by Feral House, U.S.A., 2004
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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*Inscribed by Anthony Papa on ffep with laid in materials including; an invitation for a reception to celebrate the publication of this book, a pr postcard announcing the publication, and an invitation to join Lawrence Goldfarb at his home for cocktails and live music for a post event reception with Anthony Papa and others. A fascinating and upsetting work of non-fiction. from back of dj -- "Anthony Papa has written a riveting account of how he courageously painted his way to freedom from prison after unnecessarily serving 12 years. His story puts a human face on the nearly one million nonviolent drug offenders confined in prisons throughout the country." -- Susan Sarandon. "Anthony Papa's '15 to Life' is a must-read for the hip-hop community. Over 94 per cent of the 17,000 people locked up under New York's drug laws, the harshest drug laws in the country, are black or Hispanic. Like Papa, I am trying to end these racist laws. You can start to help by reading this book." -- Russell Simmons, Chairman, Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. "15 To Life' is a gripping story of justice gone wrong and an inspiring tale of personal triumph. It is a acathing indictment of the antiquated Rockerfeller drug laws that have imprisoned thousands of non-violent offenders." -- Andrew Cuomo, former U.S. HUD Secretary and author of Crossroads. Bookseller Inventory # 001186

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Title: 15 to Life: How I Painted My Way to Freedom

Publisher: Feral House, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine-

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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From Publishers Weekly review:

"This tension-filled memoir by aprisoner turned activist and artist may seem familiar after JenniferGonnerman's NBA-nominated Life on the Outside, but unlike Gonnerman,Papa describes excessive imprisonment under harsh drug laws with thegrim certainty of firsthand experience. In 1984, he rashly agreed, for$500, to deliver a package containing four and a half ounces of cocainefor a gambling acquaintance. It turned out to be a sting, and Papa wasconvicted and sentenced to 15 years to life. Although at first suffusedwith melodramatic regret, the account becomes leaner when Papa arrivesat Sing Sing and describes the hazards and absurdities of thenotoriously crowded, grimy prison. He found spiritual release fromdespair and violence through educational programs on painting, writingand law. Papa's public stature rose after a painting of his wasexhibited at the Whitney Museum, and after numerous travails threatenedhis health and sanity, he was granted executive clemency after 12 yearsbehind bars. Papa has since been active with the group Mothers of theDisappeared and the movement to repeal the overly harsh Rockefeller drug laws; his paintings combine surrealist overtones with hard-edgedsubjects often derived from the prison-industrial complex, and theyreflect the material of his book memorably."
--Publishers Weekly

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15 to Life tells a rare adventure story: how a family man,railroaded by the subterfuge surrounding the War on Drugs, was able toget an early release from prison and become a major activist againstdraconian drug laws. Offered a chance to make a quick $500,Anthony Papa agreed to deliver an envelope in a fated police stingoperation. His first and only criminal offense cost Papa a 15-yearsentence to Sing-Sing, New York State's maximum-security prison. Suicidewas contemplated when Tony Papa realized that the best years of his life would be spent clapped up in a six-foot cell. One day he discoveredpainting. It gave him hope, and he discovered a talent. When the Whitney Museum chose his painting to exhibit, he suddenly received intense media attention. Governor Pataki got wind of his case, and after 12 hard years of time, Anthony Papa was granted clemency. 15 to Life is morethan a dramatic story more than an inside look at the most dangerousprison in America today - itis also an important sociological work and a call for reform of the destructive laws of the War on Drugs.

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