Letters to a Lifer
The Boy ‘Never to be Released’
By Cindy Sanford
Publisher: Waterside Press
Published: January 2015
Genre: Memoir, Non-fiction, Christian, crime
Formats Available For Review: print (limited quantities, only available to qualified reviewers/bloggers in the U.S.), kindle
Letters to a Lifer provides a rare insight into life without parole (LWOP) for juveniles in the USA. A true story from Pennsylvania, it is a compelling tale of faith and redemption.
In the summer of 1999, America’s Most Wanted broadcast the hunt for two homeless teenagers fleeing a double homicide near my hometown in northeast PA. When police finally apprehended them, it astonished me that one of the thugs was just fifteen years old, the same age as my oldest son. Like the rest of our community, I celebrated when he was captured and sentenced to life without parole. But if I’d known the truth, that one day our family would actually love this young man, I would have recoiled in horror.
Letters to a Lifer is the true story of how a law enforcement officer and his wife became involved with a young man sentenced to life in prison as a minor. Initially introduced through his wildlife art, we were eventually able to see beyond the crime to the man he had become. The book includes excerpts of the prisoner’s original letters and journal.
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