A memoir by #BeyondPrisons co-founder Shaka Senghor Writing My Wrongs Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison
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Uplifting the voices of those impacted 
by the criminal justice system

It’s not how you start that matters. It’s how you finish.

It’s not how you start that matters. It’s how you finish.


"If you're only gonna read one book this month, read this one."

In 1991, Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second-degree murder. Today, he is a lecturer at universities, a leader on criminal justice reform, and an inspirational voice for #BeyondPrisons.

4_homepage_story.pngShaka’s memoir, Writing My Wrongs, is a redemption story told through a stunningly human portrait of what it's like to grow in the gravitational pull of poverty, violence, fear, and hopelessness. 

It's an unforgettable tale of forgiveness and hope, one that reminds us that our worst deeds don't define who we are or what we can contribute to the world. 

Join our effort to bring Writing My Wrongs to those in need of compassion, inspiration and hope. Join our Get 1/Give 1 challenge by ordering a copy for yourself, and one for someone else. 

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“Writing My Wrongs is an extraordinary, unforgettable book... Shaka's story illustrates that if we muster the courage to love those who do not yet love themselves, a new world is possible.”

Michelle Alexander
Michelle Alexander
Professor of law, Ohio State University, bestselling author of The New Jim Crow

“If you’ve wondered what makes it possible for good people to do terrible things, and what a man can endure to reach redemption, then you must read this book.”

Piper Kerman
Piper Kerman
Bestselling author of Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

“Behind prison walls, Writing My Wrongs is already taking its place alongside the memoirs of Malcolm X and George Jackson as must-read literature.” 

Van Jones
Van Jones
CNN contributor, bestselling author of The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream


Join our movement to humanize criminal justice reform.


#BeyondPrisons is a platform to humanize criminal justice reform. We are shining a light on those impacted by the justice system, uplifting their voices, and demonstrating that transformation is possible for recently incarcerated individuals. 

Meaningful criminal justice reform will require legislative change – but in order to get to that moment, we need narrative change. Recent momentum on this issue has focused on fixing systematic issues for innocent or nonviolent drug offenders - leaving out the majority of our brothers and sisters behind bars, who are guilty of committing crimes, often associated with violence.


To get in touch with #BeyondPrisons, please email ebony@dreamcorps.us.

For more information on Shaka Senghor visit shakasenghor.com 

Media and booking inquiries: email ebony@dreamcorps.us.