TJ Parsell

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Birthday
12, 1960
Birthplace
Michigan
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
12, 1960 (age 59)
Birthplace
Michigan

About

Most famous for his 2006 work Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man's Prison, Parsell also published a New York Times article titled "Unsafe Behind Bars" and contributed to such documentary films as Teenage & Homeless in America and Avoiding Sexual Assault in Prison.

Before Fame

In his late teens, he served prison time for robbing a photo booth with the aid of a fake gun.

Trivia

An activist as well as a writer, he headed a Los Angeles-based organization called Just Detention International. After being released from prison, he earned a bachelor's degree from New York City's St. Francis College. He later pursued an advanced degree in television and film at New York University's renowned Tisch School of the Arts.

Family Life

He was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan.

Associated With

He and New Mexico-born writer Jimmy Santiago Baca both wrote prison memoirs.