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Resource: Book (BK70120) My Time Will Come: A Memoir of Crime, Punishment, Hope, and Redemption - copy 2     
Author: Ian Manuel
Publisher: Pantheon Books, 2021
Length: 201 Pages
Subjects: African American; Racism; Social Justice
# Copies: 1
Description: The United States is the only country in the world that sentences thirteen- and fourteen-year-old offenders, mostly youth of color, to life in prison without parole, regardless of the scientifically proven singularities of the developing adolescent brain -- a heinous wrinkle in the scandal of mass incarceration. In 1991, Ian Manuel, then fourteen, was sentenced to life without parole for a non-homicide crime. In a botched mugging attempt with some older boys, he shot Debbie Baigrie, a young white mother of two, in the face. But as Bryan Stevenson, attorney and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has insisted, none of us should be judged by only the worst thing we have ever done.

Capturing the fullness of his humanity, here is Manuel's powerful testimony of growing up homeless in Central Park Village in Tampa, Florida -- a neighborhood riddled with poverty, gang violence, and drug abuse -- and of his efforts to rise above his circumstances, only to find himself, partly through his own actions, imprisoned for two-thirds of his life, eighteen years of which were spent in solitary confinement. Here is the at once wrenching and inspiring story of how he endured the savagery of the United States prison system, and how his victim, an extraordinary woman, forgave him and bravely advocated for his freedom, which was achieved by a crusade on the part of the Equal Justice Initiative to address the barbarism of our judicial system and bring about "just mercy."

Full of unexpected twists and turns as it describes a struggle to attain the glory of redemption, this book is a paean to the capacity of the human will to transcend adversity through determination and art -- in Ian Manuel's case, through his dedication to writing poetry.
Age Groups: Young Adult; Adult (30-55); Adult (55+)


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