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Nov 24, 2022

None of us ever thinks that they, or anyone they know, will ever end up in jail or prison. But if life throws you a curveball and you find yourself,  a family member, or friend incarcerated, wouldn't it be good to know all that awaits you behind those prison walls?

During his 17 ½ years in prison, Emanuel Bell hit a lot of bumps in the road. It took him 14 years to understand how to successfully do prison time and stay out of trouble. Emanuel attended a creative writing class at Solano Prison, and learned how to successfully write a book; the result is the newly published How to Serve Prison Time Successfully–the title of this podcast–and it’s a real inside look at prison life. In it, Emanuel details how to be equipped with all the essential knowledge and tools needed to successfully do jail or prison time. This book teaches the proper way to live “cell life,” helping you to become a compatible, cool “celly” no matter who shares your cell.

Emanuel opens readers’ eyes to the inevitable situations faced in jail or prison, and offers tools to deal with anger, depression, and stress. He equips those serving prison time to properly handle the situation, keep pushing forward and get through any sentence. Emanuel hopes to convey the same prison knowledge that an inmate gains after serving years. Readers will become educated about prison life, even if they have never served a day.

Today, we’ll speak with Emanuel to learn more about how he became an expert in prison life, how he survived it to be released after serving his time, and what he plans to do now that he’s a free man.






Emanuel Deon Bell was born in the Central Coast of California in Salinas on November 19, 1978. He was raised in Seaside California. While doing his 17 1/2 years in prison, he did his time at these general population prisons: Salinas Valley, Ironwood State Prison, Soledad Tracy Prison (aka Deuel Vocational Institution), Calipatria State Prison, Delano State Prison, and Solano State Prison. When the California prison system was sending inmates out of state due to prison overcrowding, Emanuel also did prison time at a Mississippi prison, an Oklahoma prison, and an Arizona prison. He is currently a cement truck driver in San Luis Obispo County. When he has extra time on he enjoys making rap music. You will be able to hear some of his music on YouTube soon!



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The People of Faith for Justice Podcast is produced and edited by Jeff Manildi

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