Sidney Rahim Sharif Announces the Release of ‘Inmates' Survival Handbook’

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Imam, retired police officer offers expert advice on issues facing U.S. prisons and prisoners

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Although part of Sharif’s goal in writing “Inmates' Survival Handbook” is to expose readers to the shocking evidence and information he has gathered, he also hopes to call readers to action on the issues he discusses.

In his 2008 book, “Inmates' Survival Handbook: An Islamic Perspective” (published by AuthorHouse) – which is getting a revived marketing push – author and Imam Sidney Rahim Sharif shares his perspective on the criminal justice and correctional systems in the United States.

Sharif says that people in the U.S. are building more public and private prisons, hiring additional correctional officers and administrators, while closing schools and dismissing teachers. “Something is wrong with this picture,” he says. “Where is the public outrage? Public safety has not improved.”

He believes that the U.S. can reduce recidivism and prison violence. According to him, most incarcerated men and women can survive with dignity in prison and successfully re-enter their respective communities. But, he stresses that the U.S. must changes its way of doing business with its current criminal justice system.

An excerpt from “Inmates' Survival Handbook”:

“I recommend every inmate study Islam. You have a right to learn this way of life and I encourage you to do so. When studying this ‘way’ it will provide you with a broader philosophical perspective. In addition, it will enable you to ‘think out side of the box’. Everyone has a right to know about this significant ‘way’. Rational human beings must be able to think for themselves and make decisions about what behavior is fundamentally best for themselves and others.”

Although part of Sharif’s goal in writing “Inmates' Survival Handbook” is to expose readers to the shocking evidence and information he has gathered, he also hopes to call readers to action on the issues he discusses. “People can make a difference in how their religious, business and political leaders address criminal justice issues,” he says. “Most of our state political leaders are lobbied by private prison special interests groups. Knowledge, when applied, will pressure those in authority to change their way of doing business. A failed education system is feeding our failed correctional system.”

“Inmates' Survival Handbook”
By Sidney Rahim Sharif, Imam
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 144 pages | ISBN 9781438902456
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 144 pages | ISBN 9781438902449
E-Book | 144 pages | ISBN 9781467845489
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Sidney Rahim Sharif worked as a police officer in Chicago for 28 years, during which he first became concerned about crime and its costs in human suffering, as well as what he saw as the extremely disproportionate number of African American men who were arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned for crimes. Sharif was raised as a Christian, but he reverted to Islam long ago. He and his wife, Esther, established the South Shore Islamic Community Center in Southside Chicago. They now live in Tucson, Ariz., where he sponsors an Islamic prison ministry at Wilmot Arizona State prison and serves as the president and founder of the Islamic Inmates Correctional Association of America. Sharif is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle Campus with a bachelor’s degree in administration of criminal justice, and Chicago State University with a master’s degree in corrections and criminal justice.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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