Tuesday, August 5, 2014

IN WARM BLOOD



In Warm Blood: Prison & Privilege, Hurt & Heart
 is a fictionalized biography co-written by DarRen Morris and Judith Gwinn-Adrian. The book weaves together the Wisconsin histories of a man sentenced to life in prison and a family whose power and privilege allows one of its members to trade his own prison sentence for a career as a physician, ultimately doing medical experiments in prisons.

In Warm Blood: Prison & Privilege, Hurt & Heart is a fictionalized biography co-written by DarRen Morris and Judith Gwinn-Adrian. The book weaves together the Wisconsin histories of a man sentenced to life in prison and a family whose power and privilege allows one of its members to trade his own prison sentence for a career as a physician, ultimately doing medical experiments in prisons.

In this fictionalized biography, authors Judith Gwinn Adrian and DarRen Morris share stories of privilege and prison, hurt and heart: epistolary accounts of two people raised in the parallel universes of southeast Wisconsin and northern Illinois. After serving three months of a 15-year sentence for armed robbery, Judy's father's privilege allowed him to join the military and then become a physician and medical researcher. Some of his research involved human experimentation on prisoners. And DarRen, at the age of 17, was sentenced to life in prison for murder, with a first possible parole date of 100 years. He has now served more than half his life in Wisconsin maximum security prisons. He has become a Rastafarian and a uniquely talented artist. Judy teaches restorative justice, among other subjects, at a small college in Wisconsin.

In Warm Blood: Prison & Privilege, Hurt & Heart comes from inside the prison and inside two people with very different life experiences and backgrounds. 

Co-Author, DarRen Morris, is incarcerated for life in Portage, WI. He writes about his Kenosha childhood, his life experiences as the 14th of 18 children in a "safe house" and then what it has meant to him to grow up in prison, having been incarcerated at age 17.

Judy Gwinn Adrian shares stories of her father's incarceration. After serving three months of a 15-year sentence for armed robbery, his privilege allowed him to be released into the military, and then become a physician and medical researcher. Some of his research involved human experimentation on prisoners.

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