In So Am I: What Teaching in a Prison Taught Me, Merle Morrow takes us into what is, for many, unknown territory-a men's maximum security prison. She indirectly raises the question of what it means to accept that we are one with each other and all equally children of God, when we fear or are repulsed by our brothers and sisters. Although she does not raise or answer questions directly, the author shows us how she came to answer them for herself.

So Am I neither preaches prison reform nor proposes solutions for the problems of crime and punishment. Through stories about individual inmates and the author's interaction with them, it introduces us to many aspects of prison life and to the men who live it. Sometimes the stories are appalling, sometimes encouraging, sometimes tragic, and sometimes fun. They illustrate the power of redemption and determination and also the conditions within our prison system that can so easily undermine both of these.

Gottfried Leibniz wrote, "He who loves God loves all."  So Am I explores, through stories, what that means.  Read more

About Merle Morrow

Merle Morrow practiced law for 30 years. Ten years of her career included investigations in local jails and state prisons for the U. S. Department of Justice. After retirement, she taught a high school equivalency class in a men’s maximum security prison for three years and in a pre-release unit for a year. She also has volunteered as an adult literacy tutor in a county jail and in two state prisons. Currently, she volunteers with the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, which awarded her its Volunteer of the Year Award for 2008.
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Excerpt from the Book

I put my purse, cell phone, and watch in the trunk of my green Camry, keeping my driver’s license out for identification. And then, I took a deep breath of spring air and crunched across the gravel visitors’ parking lot—on my way to interview for a job I felt was already mine. Read more

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