T. M. Hoy was born and raised in Mountain View, California. After extensive travel in Asia, he settled in Bangkok, and then Chiang Mai, located in Northern Thailand. While living there, he made a tragic error in judgment by not reporting a murder he witnessed to police. In 1995, he was given a life sentence, and spent the next five-plus years between Chiang Mai Remand and Bang Kwang Prison. He was given a treaty transfer and sent back to the states, where he finished his sentence at FCC Tucson in 2011. Hoy currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.
Sentenced to spend the next four years there, every day was a struggle against disease, freezing temperatures, malnutrition, the unpredictable, sometimes terrifying behaviour of the camp guards and his fellow prisoners.But, most of all, it was a fight to ensure his own psychological survival.
Only the thought of his girlfriend Lucy, fighting Russia's corrupt and labyrinthine legal system, kept Tig sane - and gave him a reason to see each day to its end.
The English Prisoner is an extraordinary story of endurance, as one man - plucked from his normal, everyday life - is forced to reach deep inside himself to survive life in one of the bleakest outposts in the world: Russia's vast and unforgiving 'forgotten zone'.
The Damage Done takes you behind the bars of a Bangkok prison. A place where sewer rats and cockroaches are the only nutritious food, where autocratic prison guards giggle as they deliver pulverising blows and where the worst punishment by far is the khun deo - solitary confinement, Thai style.
Brutally honest and repentant of his initial crime, Warren talks about the decade of his life he lost in leg irons. The Damage Done is a brave and compelling book that poses harrowing questions on the nature of justice.
'Not a book for the fainthearted...A gut-wrenching confessional of endless days and nights in purgatory.' HERALD SUN
'Exceptionally readable' THE AUSTRALIAN
'My life sentence had actually started the day I left my mother's womb...'
Jimmy Boyle grew up in Glasgow’s Gorbals. All around him the world was drinking, fighting and thieving. To survive, he too had to fight and steal... Kids’ gangs led to trouble with the police. Approved schools led to Borstal, and Jimmy was on his way to a career in crime.
By his twenties he was a hardened villain, sleeping with prostitutes, running shebeens and money-lending rackets. Then they nailed him for murder. The sentence was life – the brutal, degrading eternity of a broken spirit in the prisons of Peterhead and Inverness. Thankfully, Jimmy was able to turn his life around inside the prison walls and eventually released on parole.
A Sense of Freedom is a searing indictment of a society that uses prison bars and brutality to destroy a man's humanity and at the same time an outstanding testament to one man's ability to survive, to find a new life, a new creativity, and a new alternative.
These stories about life in the Missouri State Penitentiary are
funny, insightful, and thought-provoking. Larry E. Neal describes
himself as a “hillbilly”; if so, he’s a smart, very observant hillbilly,
with a great sense of humor. Read this book; you will never think
about prison life in the same way again.
This book is about prison life, but not in just any prison. This prison
was once called the “bloodiest forty-seven acres in America.” Who knew
such a notorious prison could be so funny? Unguarded Moments shows
readers a view of working behind prison walls that most of us
(thankfully) never see. From prison politics to pranks to inmate
escapades, these stories from a man who worked in the prison plumbing
shop give us a hilarious glimpse of the pen, and the understanding that,
felons or not, people are just folks.
— Jason Offutt, author of Haunted Missouri and What Lurks Beyond