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Publisher Description

Inside the Crips is the memoir of the author Colton Simpson's life as a Crip--beginning at the tender age of ten in the mid-seventies--and his prison turnaround nearly twenty-five years later.

Colton ("C-Loc") Simpson calls himself the only gang member ever allowed to quite the Crips--and one of the few to survive into his thirties. Simpson--son of a ballplayer for the California Angels and a mother who was relentlessly rough with her sons after their fathers left her--became a gang member at ten. Inside The Crips tells the remarkable--and at the same time, all too common--story of gang life in the 1980s in immediate and descriptive prose that makes this book a gripping true-life read. Inside The Crips covers the rush that comes from participating in gang violence and the years-long wars between the Bloods and Crips. Simpson's story also puts the reader in the middle of the struggle between the Crips and corrections officers in Calipatria prison. It covers gang life from the mid-seventies to the mid-nineties, and introduces characters it's impossible not to care about: Simpson's fellow gangbanger Smile; and Gina, the long-suffering friend and mother of two sons who married Simpson in prison.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2013
December 24
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
St. Martin's Press
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
1.2
MB

Customer Reviews

Sarah DeLaus ,

Sarah DeLaus

My dear friend Colton:

I admire you, your story, and the strength, courage, and dedication you had/ put in to writing this book!

Newyork110 ,

Ny

Best book I've ever read..

Curtis Carr ,

Amazing inspiring & life changing

The synopsis of a child without true guidance who grew in to a true man of war and by way of incarceration found a second rebirth in transforming at risk kids while also raising awareness of the importance of family structure . So proud of u BRA

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