on the age of 16, R. Dwayne Betts-a solid pupil from a decrease- middle-class family-carjacked a guy with a chum. He had by no means held a gun prior to, yet inside a question of mins he had devoted six felonies. In Virginia, carjacking is a "certifiable" offense, that means that Betts will be handled as an grownup below nation legislations. A shiny younger child, he served his nine-year sentence as a part of the grownup inhabitants in the various worst prisons within the kingdom.
A query of Freedom chronicles Betts's years in legal, reflecting again on his crime and searching forward to how his studies and the books he came across whereas incarcerated might outline him. totally by myself, Betts confronts profound questions about violence, freedom, crime, race, and the justice process. restrained by way of cinder-block partitions and barbed cord, he discovers the facility of language via books, poetry, and his personal pen. specially, A query of Freedom is ready a quest for identity-one that promises Betts's survival in a antagonistic atmosphere and that comes with an figuring out of ways his personal prior resulted in the instant of his crime.
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