To look at him now, you might never guess the hell that Abdul Lloyd-Bey was forced to endure as a young man.
As a boy he thought death row was his likely future because of where he lived and the color of his skin. Arrested for armed robbery at the age of seventeen, he served nearly thirteen years for his first offense while his white codefendant, a repeat violent offender, got off with just five. While serving his time within New Yorks most dangerous prisons, Lloyd-Bey survived three near-fatal attacksone involving an ice pick that left him temporarily paralyzed.
But though violence and discrimination have greatly impacted Lloyd-Beys story, they arent the final authority on his life. A victim of abused power, he chose to change the criminal justice system by learning how to ensure justice for all. And now, as a criminal defense attorney, he shares his personal insights and experiences from both sides of the bench in the hope of further transforming how we, as a nation, prosecute crime.
No Throwaway Boy is a triumphant story you will never forget.