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Book details
  • Genre:TRUE CRIME
  • SubGenre:Organized Crime
  • Language:English
  • Pages:176
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543937077

Expunged

The Memoirs of an Undercover Police Officer

by Shaun Flowers

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Overview
Expunged is a fictionalized story based on the life of Shaun Flowers, who at the age of eighteen found himself jailed for a petty misdemeanor. Until this unfortunate incident, Shaun had ended his secondary education with all the academic requisites and social skills for a promising future career. He was indeed the community's promising son. Rather than allow a damning and out-of-proportion criminal record negate a productive future, as was the case for multitudes of men of color during this period of time, Shaun and his family after a laborious and tortuous journey attained an expungement of his record. After excelling in college with a bachelor's degree in juvenile justice, Shaun pursued a career in criminal justice. In 1986 he became a police officer and three months after graduating from the police academy was selected to go undercover to help stem the onset of the crack cocaine epidemic in a major city.. He became one of their best undercover narcotics officers, buying guns and large amounts of assorted drugs resulting in myriad arrests. Throughout, however, Shaun never abandoned his fidelity and social attachments to family and the community.
Description
Synopsis Expunged is a fictionalized story based on the life of Shaun Flowers, who at the age of eighteen found himself jailed for a petty misdemeanor. Until this unfortunate incident, Shaun had ended his secondary education in New Jersey with all the academic requisites and social skills for a promising future career. Rather than allow a damning and out-of-proportion criminal record negate a productive future, as was the case for multitudes of men of color during this period of time, Shaun and his family after a laborious and tortuous journey attained an expungement of his record. After excelling in college with a bachelor's degree in juvenile justice, Shaun pursued a career in criminal justice. In 1986 he became a police officer in Newark, New Jersey, and three months after graduating from the police academy he was selected to go undercover to help stem the onset of the crack cocaine epidemic. He became one of the city's best undercover narcotics officers, buying guns and large amounts of assorted drugs resulting in myriad arrests. In Expunged, the reader, trailing Shaun, witnesses the unglamorous, daunting, and dangerous experiences of an undercover narcotics police officer. In spite of commendations, notoriety, and praise by fellow officers for his "after the fact" role in the criminal justice system, Shaun comes to the realization that drug addiction is a sickness and offenders should not be jailed as harden criminals; instead, drug users should be sent to rehabilitation centers for treatment. Given his experiences on both sides of the fence, Shaun becomes an ardent spokesperson for a more proactive criminal justice reform system. Contemplating what he feels to be one of the first steps in this journey, Shaun begins crafting a more engaging and accessible expungement program.
About the author
Shaun Flowers graduated high school with the grades and social skills to ensure a successful, happy future. But when a single mistake derailed his plans, he made it his mission to have his record expunged and reclaim his potential. After graduating from college with a bachelor's degree in juvenile justice, he became a decorated police officer in Newark, New Jersey. As one of the city's best undercover narcotics officers, he came to the realization that drug addiction is an illness and offenders require treatment over punishment. His experiences on both side of the fence led him to become an ardent spokesperson for a more proactive reform system, and to begin crafting a more engaging and accessible expungement program.
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