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By their behaviors or activities, some people’s path to jail may be predictable. But for others, and even ourselves, we may not see the incident, the arrest, or a trip to jail coming.  Society does not mentally condition us to prepare for, cope with, or navigate the chaos behind the bars. The daily headlines don’t seem to deter the impulsive behaviors that keep the arrest rates growing. How Would You Survive? The Incident, The Arrest, and Jail provides insight into many situations that we are not eager to speak about when we are personally impacted by the justice system. 

From common situations that may result in being arrested (that most people take for granted) to the mortifying, real

arrest and booking process, to navigating adversarial personalities and situations. As an intervention, the text can make some reconsider if their behaviors are worth the daily and irreversible consequences awaiting them in jail.  As a basic guide, the tips are priceless to persons incarcerated for the first time and harsh reminders to others.

Here in our United States, there are nearly 2 million people incarcerated after totaling the inmate population of state prisons, federal prisons, local jails, juvenile correctional facilities, immigration detention facilities, Indian country jails, military prisons, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in the U.S. territories. Mass incarceration and the Country of Corrections are references to a homeland where many mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, and children bare the face of incarceration and shame after being drawn into a never-ending cycle. People are continuously going to jail and going to prison daily. 

Thousands of online keystrokes are typed daily by relatives seeking information with “inmate search”, “BOP inmate search”, and “find someone in prison.”  Because, in spite of an individual’s faults or unwarranted trip to jail, most of their relatives still care about their well-being. Since they may not be able to change their situation or fate immediately, how to survive jail, how to survive prison, prison survival guide, and surviving jail first time, have become research interests for those who are incarcerated and their families. There are many stories of inmates who turned their lives around after jail; but there are far more jail stories of individuals who barely survived their jail experience with a mind healthy enough to function normally upon release. No one book can provide total insight into how to adjust and navigate the traumatic punishment phase inside of the prison pipeline, but How Would You Survive? The Incident, The Arrest, and Jail… is a good start. Next, we will talk about re-adjusting in the aftermath called reentry.

A. J. Crenshaw, III has been instrumental in combatting mass incarceration for two decades through his career in public service and providing counseling and mentorship for historically underserved youth and their families throughout the DMV metropolitan area. As a young honor student, A. J. would soon gain first-hand knowledge of the wide variety of circumstances that can subject any adult or child to the judicial system.  A. J. emerges as a scholar of social science and counseling psychology and imparts his real-life experience to educate, raise awareness, and guide individuals through life challenges.

RELEASED: September 1, 2022


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We watch it happening to everyone else, never believeing that it can be us, until it is us.

Chapter 3, section: Off You Go– “In the next few hours, the lives of your friends and relatives will be disrupted by the news of your arrest and your relationships with them will be put to the test. Some people will be shocked and worried while others may not be so surprised. You may or may not get released. You may not receive a reasonable bail. You may be detained. You might get the privilege of making a phone call in a reasonable amount of time. Get ready to receive a variety of responses from friends and family”