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Book Review: Corrections in Ink

Keri Blakinger’s Corrections in Ink is a thrilling ride that starts in suburban America and treks through the traps leading to our dungeons. It is a story of overcoming odds. It’s a reminder that drug problems aren’t just the problems of poor neighborhoods or minority groups. Every mother and father that is raising a child in America should be aware of the fact that this is one story that represents many.

My favorite part of her writing is the way she ushers the reader through the thoughts and emotions of being incarcerated. Her descriptions put the reader in the cell or on the yard with her. One of the most real accounts of prison I have read. This is not just the story of Keri’s life, it is a reference for the individual looking to understand addictions and incarceration in America.

“Behind bars, there are no rules. Sure, there is a rulebook and there are things you cannot do. But when it matters, no one is watching.” This is the exact concept I often speak of. The incarcerated man or woman is continually treated subhuman, and if no one cares it doesn’t really matter. As Keri steps into her place in activism, she picks up that banner and roars a war cry for those who are behind the fences and staring into some dot on the wall outside of their lockup cell. Incarcerated men and women are indebted to her for her work.

Keri is an activist by profession. She digs into the problems of incarceration from an insider perspective. She has written for The Marshall Project, The New York Times, CNN, NBC, New York daily news, the Houston Chronicle, vice news, and the BBC to name a few.

“I was in prison and you visited me.”

Matthew 25:35

God bless you sister! Keep fighting for the mission God gave you.


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