George Martorano is a self-taught prolific writer, poet, educator, and mentor. While in prison, George became a role model and a positive influence in the Federal Bureau of Prisons to impact the lives of the inmates living alongside him. He worked with what he had and what he knew and explains how he gained the strength to push forward even in the hardest times of his life.
Released in October 2015 under the Department of Justice’s Compassionate Release program, George is the longest incarcerated non-violent offender. While in prison, he taught inmates yoga, prevented the hijacking of an aircraft by inmates, started a creative writing course, authored 31 books, pioneered a prison course called Release Preparation: Starting a Business for Under $1,000, among others. He has been featured in Philly Mag and Salem News and is now sought out to be featured by the United Nations. He resides in Philadelphia and continues to write and inspire others.
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Gepubliceerd op 26 sep. 2014
A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early is now saying it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life. An appeal filed in the case of Rene Lima-Marin says his constitutional rights were violated when a judge ordered him to finish his sentence after he started a family during nearly six years of freedom. He was convicted in 2000 of multiple counts of robbery, kidnapping and burglary after he and another man robbed two video stores at gunpoint when he was 20. A judge issued him back-to-back sentences for a total of 98 years in prison. In 2008, he was released on parole because of a clerical mistake, and for the next six years, he lived as a free man with his wife and children. Now, he’s being sent back to jail, and the district attorney’s office says that he should have spoken up if he knew he was being released early.
Was his original sentence too much? Have you ever felt like you’ve had your freedoms taken away from you?
Gepubliceerd op 23 okt. 2012
A fascinating story by the second grandson of Nelson Mandela: a real witness of history – a remarkable story.
28 apr. 2011
And by sausage dog we mean the actual wieners are made of dogs. As in, we just fed you dog meat without telling you and now we’re telling you so there’s really no need to be that upset.