Shaun Attwood is a former stock market millionaire and Ecstasy dealer who is now a public speaker, author, and activist who has been barred from entering the United States for the rest of his life. His experience was featured in an episode of Locked Up/Banged Up Overseas called Raving Arizona on the National Geographic Channel, which is available on YouTube. Shaun's writing, smuggled out of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's facility with the worst death rate in America, drew international media attention to the jail's human rights violations: guard and gang member murders, dead rats in the food, bug infestations... Shaun was forced to reconsider his life while incarcerated. In just over six years, he read over 1,000 volumes.
He wanted to better understand himself and his past behavior by studying original works in psychology and philosophy. He considers literature to be the lifeblood of his recovery. Shaun now speaks to schools about his experience to help young people avoid drugs and criminality. Via his books and blog, Jon's Prison Journal, he fights injustice.
He has been on the BBC, Sky News, and other television networks around the world to discuss issues impacting inmates' rights.