Shaun Attwood is a former stock-market millionaire and Ecstasy kingpin turned public speaker author and activist, who is banned from America for life. His story was featured worldwide on National Geographic Channel as an episode of Banged Up Abroad called Raving Arizona. Random House published his life story as the English Shaun Trilogy. “Hard Time” (2010) documents his time in Maricopa County Jail that is run by “America’s toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpaio. His second book “Party Time” (2013) documents his rise as an Ecstasy kingpin. His third book “Prison Time” (2014) documents his time served in the Arizona Department of Corrections. His fourth book is a self-help called Lessons (2014).
Here is his hard hitting talk given to school children about what it was like in Americas prison system.
I have just spent the last hour watching this video after finding it on twitter (thanks @sophies_words who has a great blog over HERE) and what a roller coaster of an hour it has been. This man’s story is tragic yet inspiring, the descriptions of the conditions he, and the other inmates, had to live with are shocking. Cockroaches and spiders infest the cells and murder seems to be an almost daily occurrence. These might be hardened criminals, but at the same time we see insecurities and genuine people who have been dealt a bad hand, such as T-Bone. I would love to interview Shaun for this blog, so if you happen to be reading this Shaun please get in contact! And I will be buying all three of his books.
You can follow Shaun’s blog at www.jonsjailjournal.blogspot.co.uk
And watch his episode of Banged Up Abroad below: