Life Sentences: How to Get Out of Jail Free (pre-order)
By the Elsinore-Bennu Think Tank for Restorative Justice
August 13, 2019
Life Sentences: How To Get Out of Jail Free is a collection of writing by six incarcerated men, a hybrid of prison memoir, philosophy, history, policy document, and manifesto. It is also a how-to guide for those who are trapped inside our own community, uninclined or unable to form loving connections with those around us, ashamed perhaps of the harm we have done them and not knowing any way forward. Mainly, though, this book is a letter of invitation, asking readers to join with the incarcerated, their families, and the editors and teachers who worked together on this unique book, so we can all continue to fly over walls, form loving connections with each other, and teach one other to be free.
The Elsinore-Bennu Think Tank for Restorative Justice develops strategies to heal communities broken by criminal and state violence. This process brings the victims, the offenders, and the community together to resolve collectively how to deal with the aftermath of the offense and its implications for the future. Formed in 2013 by six men (Fly, Faruq, Khalifa, Malakki, Oscar, Shawn) serving life or near-life sentences at the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution in Pittsburgh, the group's name reflects both Hamlet’s grim Elsinore castle and Bennu, the Egyptian symbol of rebirth.