Shawn Griffith

Shawn Griffith spent almost 24 years in Florida prisons before his conditional release in 2012 at age 41. While incarcerated he began his long journey to full rehabilitation, gaining his GED and then taking over 40 accredited college correspondence courses with an emphasis on criminal justice, psychology, and marketing. He has a 3.5 GPA from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. As a teacher in prison, he helped hundreds of inmates gain their GEDs. His book Facing the U.S. Prison Problem 2.3 Million Strong is his attempt to put his vast experience in prison to improve prisons for the benefit of taxpayers, families of inmates, and the staggering 2.3 million inmates incarcerated in over 5,000 correctional jails and institutions dotting the U.S. landscape. Shawn lives in Sarasota, Florida where he founded SpeakOutPublishing to publish other works of non-fiction that focus on tackling some of societies’ most pressing issues. He can be reached by going to the “contact us” page at
May 5, 2014
January 5, 1971 – May 3, 2014  by J. Patrick O’Connor  In the preface to his amazing book on prison reform, Facing the U.S. Prison Problem 2.3 Million Strong: an Ex-Con’s View of the Mistakes and the Solutions, Shawn Ramey Griffith wrote, “By the time many...
Apr 8, 2013
Since the “War on Drugs” was launched in the mid-1980s, accompanied by mandatory-minimum sentences for drug offenders, the U.S. prison population has exploded from under 900,000 to 2.3 million prisoners. With correction budgets consumed by building new prisons and staffing...
Jan 14, 2013
Jan. 14, 2013 How do so many illegal drugs get smuggled into prisons all over the United States? The author spent 20 years in various Florida prisons and tells how. by Shawn R. Griffith There is a drug epidemic inside America’s corrections system. While serving 20 years...
Nov 7, 2012
Facing the U.S. Prison Problem 2.3 Million Strong is a massive, thoughtful book written by someone from inside "the belly of the beast," who knows from years of personal experience what works and what doesn't. Ironically, most prisons today are not set up to rehabilitate...