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“ABCs of the BOP”

In ABCs of the BOP: A Teacher’s Prison Primer, L. A. Johnson writes about the 55 months she spent in prison for crimes she did not commit. Johnson talks about her initial despair; her battles, both legal and emotional; her hope; disappointment; and eventual acceptance of the plight she found herself in. The memoir also describes routine procedures, work, prison staff, other inmates, and how her faith in God brought her out; baffled, but not bitter.

Nelson Mandela said “After one has been in prison, it is the small things that one appreciates: being able to take a walk whenever one wants, going into a shop and buying a newspaper, speaking or choosing to remain silent. The simple act of being able to control one’s person.” Johnson was released from prison 5 months after Mandela died.


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