This is the incredible memoir of a man wrongfully imprisoned for life and his epic journey to free himself and others like him.
MARKED FOR LIFE: The Trials of Isaac Wright, Jr.
by Isaac Wright, Jr.
St. Martin’s Press, April 2022
His story forms the basis for ABC’s hit television series For Life produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, now in its second season. In 1991 Isaac Wright Jr. was wrongly accused of drug charges in New Jersey and sentenced to life in prison. He was arrested, tried, and convicted under a draconian “kingpin” statute even though he never dealt drugs a day in his life; even though the prosecutor knew he was innocent, as did the detectives who investigated him and the cops who arrested him; even though his co-defendants—some of whom were guilty of the very things pinned on him—were given freedom in exchange for their lies about what he did and who he was. Wright used the prison library to educate himself in the law and helped overturn the wrongful convictions of dozens of his fellow inmates before representing himself, proving his own innocence, and bringing down the powerful and corrupt men that had aligned against him.
Isaac Wright Jr. is an American lawyer in the state of New Jersey and a candidate in the 2021 New York City mayoral election. He was convicted to life in prison in 1991 after a five-week trial by a 12-person jury of 10 charges involving the sale of cocaine, but his conviction was overturned in 1997 after litigation brought by him and his lawyer. During his time in prison he worked as a paralegal with the Inmate Legal Association and helped to overturn the wrongful convictions of many of his fellow inmates. The ABC legal drama television series For Life is inspired by his life.