Bending the Arc: My Journey from Prison to Politics Audiobook, by Keeda J. Haynes Play Audiobook Sample

Bending the Arc: My Journey from Prison to Politics Audiobook

Bending the Arc: My Journey from Prison to Politics Audiobook, by Keeda J. Haynes Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Kylah Williams, Kylah Frye, Keeda J. Haynes Publisher: Seal Press Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: November 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549112225

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Longest Chapter Length:

47:37 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

35 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

19:10 minutes

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A searing exposé of the profound failures in our justice system, told by a woman who has journeyed from wrongfully accused prisoner to acclaimed public defender

Keeda Haynes was a Girl Scout and a churchgoer, but after college graduation, she was imprisoned for a crime she didn’t commit. Her boyfriend had asked her to sign for some packages—packages she did not know were filled with marijuana. As a young Black woman falsely accused, prosecuted, and ultimately imprisoned, Haynes suffered the abuses of our racist and sexist justice system. But rather than give in to despair, she decided to fight for change. After her release, she attended law school at night, became a public defender, and ultimately staged a highly publicized campaign for Congress. At every turn of her unlikely story, she gives unique insights into the inequities built into our institutions. In the end, despite the injustice she endured, she emerges convinced that ours can become a true second-chance culture.

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“Heartrending and heartwarming. Haynes exposes the deep flaws in our justice system, all the while exemplifying the importance of second chances.”

— Austin Channing Brown, New York Times bestselling author 


  • “This is a timely and inspiring book about a subject that could not be more important.”

    — Eric Schlosser, New York Times bestselling author

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About Keeda J. Haynes

Keeda J. Haynes is a criminal justice reform advocate and a former Nashville public defender who works to bring to light the inequities in the criminal justice system. She currently serves as the Voting Rights Campaign Strategist with The Sentencing Project, and formerly served as the Legal Advisor to the nonprofit organization Free Hearts. In 2020, she campaigned with hopes to become the first Black congresswoman to represent Tennessee. She lectures nationwide on her compelling story and cutting-edge issues in the criminal justice system. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.