Love Behind Bars: The True Story of an American Prisoner's Wife

Love Behind Bars: The True Story of an American Prisoner's Wife

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The Powerful, Poignant Story of Love, Courage, and Redemption from Death Row, Where an Indomitable Woman Challenged Corruption in Order to Free her Husband
When TV reporter Jodie Sinclair went to the Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as the Death House at Angola, in 1981, she expected to report about the death penalty and leave. She never expected to fall in love. Billy Sinclair was an inmate at Angola, sent there for an accidental murder during a robbery gone wrong. After facing a trial which was skewed against him and being sentenced to death, he saw first-hand the corruption and abuse rife in the criminal justice system, and he began an unrelenting crusade for reform. When the pair married by proxy a year after meeting, Jodie took up Billy’s fight.
From then on, she lived with one foot in the outside world and one in the complex and dehumanizing bureaucracy of the prison world. This incredible memoir tracks her heroic twenty-five-year fight to save her husband from dying in prison, the professional setbacks she suffered for marrying a prisoner, and a pardons scandal in which she wore a wire for the FBI to help her husband expose corruption in the criminal justice system leading all the way to the governor's office, which put a target on Billy's back. It is the uplifting true story of a woman who stood by her man, and in doing so, exposed the horrors of our criminal justice system and became a voice for all those who have loved ones behind bars.

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ISBN-13: 9781948924856
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 04/28/2020
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

Jodie Sinclair has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and has more than two decades of experience in public affairs and broadcast news with professional media, non-profits, and city and state agencies. A web writer for a San Antonio law firm, she is the co-author of A Life in The Balance, The Billy Wayne Sinclair Story, and Capital Punishment: An Indictment by a Death Row Survivor. She lives in the Texas Hill Country.

Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, is known worldwide for starting a dialogue on the death penalty. After witnessing the electrocution of a condemned man in a Louisiana prison in 1984, Prejean wrote the bestselling Dead Man Walking and set out to bring citizens close to the hard realities of government killings. Her mission has taken her to every U.S. state and to the Vatican, where her personal entreaties to two popes helped to shape Catholic opposition to the death penalty. She lives in Louisiana.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Foreword xi

The Fateful Day 1

Due Process Denied 42

"Childhood Decides" 59

Consequences 75

Louisiana's Pardon-Selling Scam 144

The Fight for Freedom 172

Surviving His Sentence 193

The Final Mile 257

In His Own Words 291

Our Requiem 299

Acknowledgments 301

Billy Sinclair's Record of Rehabilitation 303

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