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Ronald "Shaka" Howard is a former crack cocaine addict who spent 25 years in the California Department of Corrections. During an altercation with another inmate, Shaka was shot by prison guards and lost his leg. Released after 25 years, Shaka is today trying to rebuild his life and treat the ongoing PTSD he suffers as a result of the shooting. His interview reflects a profound understanding of the penal system, and the wisdom of a man who has learned from his mistakes.

Charles Shaw
23 May 2012

The Land of the Free punishes or imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation. This collection of testimonials from criminal offenders, family members, and experts on America's criminal justice system puts a human face on the millions of Americans subjugated by the US Government's 40 year, one trillion dollar social catastrophe: The War on Drugs; a failed policy underscored by fear, politics, racial prejudice and intolerance in a public atmosphere of "out of sight, out of mind."

RONALD "SHAKA" HOWARD"

Ronald "Shaka" Howard is a former crack cocaine addict who spent 25 years in the California Department of Corrections."

During an altercation with another inmate, Shaka was shot by prison guards and lost his leg.

Released after 25 years, Shaka is today trying to rebuild his life and treat the ongoing PTSD he suffers as a result of the shooting.

His interview reflects a profound understanding of the penal system, and the wisdom of a man who has learned from his mistakes.

This interview is #30 of 100 In the Exile Nation Project's archive, which can be found at
ExileNation.org/interview-archive

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