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Justice is what love looks like in public.

– Cornel West

Being in these situations for a quarter of a century let me know what I’m made of. I’m not invincible. I’m a mere man of flesh and blood. But let me tell you something: if we wanted to, me and my family, my friends, we could go through this struggle again. We’re built like that. And everybody is. That’s what we want to tell everybody. You are wonderfully made. You just don’t know it. It took twenty-five years and a natural life sentence in prison for me to figure out that I was wonderfully made. How can I help you figure that out without the stick across your head? Please help me figure that out. ‘Cause everybody don’t survive the stick across the head. They just don’t.”

William “Mecca” Elmore

Prison From the Inside Out is both a book and an act of trust: A black man from New Jersey and a white woman from New York meet in a workshop at a North Carolina prison. They decide they have something to tell the world about incarceration, self-esteem, personal growth, survival, and the power of trust. Together they have created this book.



Prison from the Inside Out

ISBN: 9780961444488   




What’s going on going forward?  Get involved.


See Donation information below

Incarcerated readers may request a free copy of PRISON FROM THE INSIDE OUT by writing to the Human Kindness Foundation. Requests should include your full name, number, and address.

PO Box 61619, Durham NC 27715 

Join the conversation: Bring Mecca’s voice to your community

Invite us to speak to your church, book club, or circle of friends.

If you have any questions or would like to chat about our coming to your organization, email: simone@prisonfromtheinsideout.org



Inspired by the cover photo of Mecca’s first day of freedom, Simone is planning for a collection of FREEDOM FOTOS. IMore info will be available at www.FreedomFotos.org

f you are formerly incarcerated, contact Simone and arrange to add your FREEDOM FOTO to our future exhibit.  simone@prisonfromtheinsideout.org


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and the Human Kindness Foundation

Join us in deepening the understanding of life “inside”

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The best way to donate is to mail a check to HKF, P.O. Box 61619, Durham, NC 27715. Write “Prison Inside Out” on the Memo line.                                                                            Online you can go to the HKF website. Scroll down and Click the box: Dedicate my donation in honor or in memory of someone Write “Prison Inside Out” for the honoree/project name.  Thank You!