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That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061730459, Hardcover)In 1990, while serving a sentence in San Quentin for armed robbery, Jarvis Masters was implicated as an accessory in the murder of a prison guard. A 23-year-old African-American, Jarvis was sentenced to death in the gas chamber. While in the 'maximum security' section of Death Row, using the only instrument available to him - a ball-point pen filler - Jarvis has written an astounding memoir that is a testament to the tenacity of the human spirit and the talent of a fine writer. "That Bird Has My Wings" tells the story of the author's childhood with parents addicted to heroin, an abusive foster family, a life of crime and imprisonment, and the eventual embracing of Buddhism while on Death Row at San Quentin Prison. Master's story drew the attention of luminaries in the world of Buddhism, not the least of whom was Pema Chodron who wrote a story about him for O Magazine, and offers a Foreword to the book. Twenty-two years after his conviction, Masters is still on Death Row - but things have changed. The California Supreme Court has ordered an investigation into whether newly discovered evidence points to his innocence - which could result in the overturn of Jarvis' conviction and death sentence. A growing movement of people believe Masters is innocent, and are actively working within the legal system to free him. One of his lawyers will provide an Afterword with an update on Master's appeal.
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Jarvis Jay Masters chronicles his story as a bright boy who turns to a life of crime, and as a penitent man who embraces Buddhism to find hope. His personal story dramatically reminds us all that freedom and opportunity are not to be taken for granted, and that no matter what their neighborhood, no matter what their race, every child matters.
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