Woking Writers Circle

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Member profiles, Shaun Attwood


shaun-attwood-newSHAUN ATTWOOD is a former stock-market millionaire and Ecstasy supplier turned public speaker, author and activist, who is banned from America for life. His story was featured on National Geographic Channel as an episode of Banged Up/Locked Up Abroad broadcast to tens of millions of viewers in over 40 countries. Shaun’s writing – smuggled out of the jail with the highest death rate in America run by the notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio – attracted international media attention to the human rights violations: murders by guards and gang members, dead rats in the food, cockroaches crawling in his ears at nights.While incarcerated, Shaun was forced to reappraise his life. He read over 1,000 books in just under six years. By studying original texts in psychology and philosophy, he sought to better understand himself and his past behaviour. He credits books as being the lifeblood of his rehabilitation. Shaun now tells his story to schools to put young people off drugs and crime. He campaigns against injustice via his books and blog, Jon’s Jail Journal. He has appeared on the BBC, SKY, CNN and TV worldwide talking about issues affecting human rights. Website:  http://shaunattwood.com/; Blog: http://jonsjailjournal.blogspot.co.uk/; YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/derickatt/featured

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