Terry Amos spent more than 17 years in jail after being falsely accused
of rape. Follow his gut-wrenching story behind the scenes of the most
dangerous prisons in America, all while he explores the rules of the
game on socially unacceptable topics like rape, racism, and violence,
but also inspiring subjects like friendship and truth.
||From Rules of
There was one day toward the end of my time at
Pelican Bay where I felt
like I figured it all out. I was on the yard, working out, pumping
iron, and jamming to some music. My favorite song, “Oye Como Va,” by
Carlos Santana abruptly came on. I got goosebumps up my arms. Both life
and God were good.
As I walked on the yard, I could feel the rays of respect that
I had earned from all the inmates around me. They felt as warm as the
rays of the sun on one of those rare, bright days we got up North at
Pelican Bay. I envisioned myself as a gladiator, emerging from the long
battle in the dungeons of prison. If I could evade a hit on my life
from the Aryan Brotherhood, the wrath of the guards with intimidating
rifles, and the intense violence of my fellow inmates, then I could
survive anywhere. I had given three tough years of my life to Pelican
Bay, but it came with a satisfying reward. I had arrived.
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