Hard Time: A Brit in America's Toughest Jail

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As told by Locked-Up Abroad "Raving Arizona," Shaun Attwood wrote the first prison blog, Jon's Jail Journal, which attracted international media attention to the human rights violations in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jail system in Phoenix, Arizona.

Shaun Attwood was a millionaire day trader in Arizona, but his hedonistic lifestyle of drugs and rave parties came to an abrupt end in 2002 when a SWAT team broke down his door. Shaun found himself on remand in Maricopa County jail with a $750,000 cash bond and all of his assets seized. The nightmare was only just beginning as he was submerged in a jail in which rival gangs vied for control, crystal meth was freely available, and where breaking rules could result in beatings or death.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jails have the highest death rate in the U.S. Hard Time is the harrowing yet darkly humorous account of the time Shaun spent submerged in a nightmarish world of gang violence and insect-infested cells, eating food unfit for animals. His remarkable story provides a revealing glimpse into the tragedy, brutality, comedy, and eccentricity of prison life. 24 color photographs.

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Shaun Attwood is a former stock-market millionaire and Ecstasy kingpin turned public speaker, author and activist, who is banned from America for life. His story was featured worldwide on National Geographic Channel as an episode of Locked Up Abroad called Raving Arizona. He regularly speaks to audiences of young people about the perils of drugs and the horrors of prison life. He is the author of The English Shaun Trilogy: Party Time, Hard Time and Prison Time, a pocket self-help book, Lessons and the blog, Jon's Jail Journal.

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Hard Time makes the Shawshank Redemption look like a holiday -- News of the World
 
A searing indictment of the controversial penal tactics of Sheriff Joe Arpaio - who revels in the title of 'America's Toughest Sheriff' -- BBC News
 
A tale of brutality and a lesson in behind-bars etiquette -- Manchester Evening News
 
Attwood's hair-raising and oddly hilarious account of his two years in the county jail is a reminder of the conditions that caused the deaths of numerous prisoners -- Phoenix New Times
 
A buttock-clenchingly terrifying cautionary tale -- Meg Rosoff

"Shaun's story is the Manchester rave scene meets Wall Street and ends in The Shawshank Redemption" - Jon Ronson author of The Psychopath Test

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