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Confessions of a Former Prosecutor

Abandoning Vengeance and Embracing True Justice

248 pages
Chalice Press
Once an Assistant Attorney General in Tennessee, Preston Shipp found his convictions challenged after teaching criminal justice courses to inmates from the Tennessee Prison for Women. He resigned from prosecuting and continued teaching. Soon after leaving, an exceptional individual, Cyntoia Brown, joined his class. Shipp believed she deserved a chance at redemption—only to receive an opinion on a years-old murder and robbery case in which he himself had argued for a life sentence for 16-year-old Cyntoia Brown. Out of guilt and empathy, Shipp embarked on a decade-long journey to free Ms. Brown and while traveling his own path to redemption. Today, he dedicates his efforts to the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, which has led to more than 1,000 people receiving a new chance at life after being sentenced to life imprisonment even though they were under the age of 18. Shipp shares his views on how the American justice system is in desperate need of reform, especially for juveniles.
Author Bio
Preston Shipp is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Tennessee. He is the Associate Policy Director for the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and served as past President of Theology & Peace. He lives with his wife and three teenagers in Nashville, Tennessee. Coauthor Eric Wilson is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have sold over 600,000 copies. Eric also lives in Nashville.