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Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Authors Page

We’ve created this page to showcase literary accomplishments of the incarcerated and formerly Incarcerated authors. In support of these individuals and all successful transitions, we have vetted and recommend the following books:

Vetted and recommended by Fair Shake


ETWEscaping The Wheel: A Novel

Eric Artisan

 Rostam, an escaped convict obsessed with reincarnation and karma, seeks more than revenge. He wishes to end his time on the Wheel of Life. But first he must right the wrongs of countless past lives and obtain forgiveness from those who would continue to pull him back to Earth.


LifeWithARecord Life With A Record: Reenter Society, Finish Supervision and Live      Successfully

  Anthony Tinsman

Things don’t magically change after you get kicked out of prison. Life starts all over again but there’s a catch, having a record impacts almost every part of your life. Filled with insights, advice, contacts, and exercises, the information in this book strikes legal, personal and professional levels. A real world guide for minimizing disruptions and maximizing success.



Reentry Sourcebook

Terrell M. Hall & Shawn R. Pelley

Created by currently and previously incarcerated individuals, the Reentry Sourcebook is a compilation of local, state, and national resources. Chapters cover topics such as mental health, substance abuse, housing and homelessness, consumer educations, financial assistance, education and employment, identification, family and entrepreneurship.

Vetted and recommended by Fair Shake


Children’s books by S. Sharp

ImCBani and The Magic Pot: Our Black is Beautiful Series

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  2. A little girl facing hunger and thirst learns that through faith and kindness anyone can make a different. She also learns that in helping other people solve the problem that they face, she is also blessed by solving her own.


SSharpThe Last Hunt: Our Black is Beautiful Series

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  2. The Last Hunt is an African Fairy Tale that we hope will be first of many books in a series called, “Our Black Is Beautiful.” It is a tale of growth, new traditions and deals with the spiritual journey of a Masai Princess as she finds herself coming of age.


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Eric Artisan

Clay wakes . . . Every day a different life — a different reality — based on a choice he made, many years ago, resulting in infinite possibilities . . . and in the death of the one he loved. So now he seeks revenge, over and over and over again, but with no memory of what really happened, or who the real killer may be. Only the choices he makes now will determine his fate . . . and reveal the truth. 


PreventionGuideA Guide to Relapse Prevention for Prisoners

Charles Howard Hottinger, Jr.

A step by step guide to help you prepare a plan to overcome addiction. Written by a prisoner who has had to fight the battles of addiction.




3 decades

3 Decades

Artemio Garcia Jr.

This book reveals the life story of Artemio Garcia. Growing up in the mean streets of South Texas and facing life and death situations across the Mexico border, this book explains how Garcia was raised as most regular kids playing toys to growing as a very dangerous man within one of the most famous Texas gangs (the Vallucos), and also having ties with the Mexican Cartel. After so many years of being married to the streets, he decides to have a change of heart while sitting in a federal prison. For crimes that Garcia committed throughout his life and the way he was raised, is it possible that he’ll find redemption?



fixedFixed: Dope sacks, dye packs, and the long welcome back

By Doug Piotter

“Fixed” is a darkly comedic memoir that spans my unsupervised youth, drug and alcohol addiction, bank robbery, life in prison and ultimately my release and re-entry into my life’s new and sober orbit. Upon release, I learned that the universe is a kind and forgiving place, often strange and funny with plenty for everyone as long as I don’t forget where I came from.