Richard Stratton

In 1982, Richard Stratton was arrested and convicted under the kingpin statute for importation of marijuana. Originally sentenced to 25 years without parole, Stratton became a jailhouse lawyer and had his sentence voided. He was released in 1990 after serving eight years in federal prison. His novel, Smack Goddess, written in prison, was published in 1990. He co-wrote and produced Slam, the Emmy-award winning Thug Life in D.C., the Showtime series Street Time and many other documentaries. Stratton's writing has appeared in GQ, Esquire, Newsweek, U, Spin, Penthouse, and Story Magazine. He is the founding editor of the award-winning magazine Prison Life and is qualified as an expert witness in state and federal court in the areas of prison violence and prison culture. Stratton lives in New York.