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A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Interesting Read

    I was prompted to purchase this book after seeing an interview with the author on television. This is a story of introspection peppered with prison anecdotes. A tale of how a young man grows up in the system with little guidance or mentoring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2009


    Enjoyed the book with a compelling subject and inspirational task.Great to see new writers of color.

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  • Posted September 17, 2009

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    Great Book!

    Here's the story about an intelligent kid (not a thug) that grew up in a predominately Black area. The one older person he admires tells him how he got revenge on the police that abused him by carjacking "a whitey". Having never spoken to a white person himself, Betts honors his Peer by imitating his crime.
    He is sentenced to 9 years in an adult prison, where he spends the majority of his time, improving himself while seeking out (the knowledge) that will appease his desire to understand who he really is. Transferred from one prison to another, some bad some not so bad, he experiences a series of epiphanies, that mark his progress, told in such a way that can only be described as remarkable. He gets into trouble and goes to confinement frequently to read and contemplate his goals with less distraction. Towards the end of his sentence he teaches himself another language and describes prison as the most culturally diverse place he'd been to up to that point. But through it all he describes his time as being very alone. Betts did his time his way and left the same way he came in "alone". "VENI VIDI VICI!

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  • Posted August 11, 2009

    A must read

    "A Question of Freedom" is a must read! This is an amazing testament to R. Dwayne Betts' resiliency and determination and exposes the failure of laws that passed in the 1990's to prosecute and lock up more kids in the adult criminal justice system. Dwayne is a gifted writer and his writing gives us incredible insights into how the criminal justice system really works. The author will be speaking on a book tour and dates/times can be found on his website under his name. Congratulations to R. Dwayne Betts for his amazing work!

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