When I Get Free... by Troy Sheppard

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This is a book based on a journal kept by a young man who was incarcerated in the South Carolina Department of Corrections in 2008. Troy Sheppard was a homeless drug addict. In the depths of his addiction, he committed crimes that he would regret for the rest of his life. While incarcerated, his thoughts about what led him to prison are explored and examined in great detail. In the first part he explains the actions that landed him in jail. Recalling the desperate acts he committed in order to maintain his habit, he expresses remorse and slowly accepts his fate of going to prison. The second part begins while he's waiting in the county jail to go to court for his charges. With a hope towards the future and a genuine desire to change, he makes a plan for his life when he's released. In the third part he keeps a journal while incarcerated at the Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina.

This detailed account of one man's experience with prison and dealing with addiction in a last ditch effort to save his own life is a powerful story about hope and survival under incredible adversity.

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After surviving both drug addiction and prison, Troy Sheppard has published several books about his experiences. The first, "When I Get Free", is about his experience in prison. It is a journal kept while he was incarcerated on felony drug charges. His second published book, the memoir novella "All In My Head", deals with the desperation of drug addiction and is written from his personal experience and struggle with chemical dependence. While keeping a very accurate portrayal of the desperate acts that addiction brings, he also conveys a very real hope that no matter how bad you think you've become, you always have the choice to change what you will become.His third book, "Idiosyncrasy", is a modern classic that is truly unique and immensely powerful. It tells the story of a lonely and confused teenager who finds solace in surviving intentional drug overdoses. Eventually he sucumbs to the deadly practice and finds himself horribly helpless in an irreversible coma. He is completely aware but unable to communicate with the outside world. Facing certain death when his family decides to pull the plug, he slowly accepts his lonely fate and goes through a beautiful transformation that makes the book a definite must-read.
Published January 23, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 106 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crime, Political & Social Sciences.

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