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Publisher's Summary

An electric and unforgettable memoir about a young woman's journey—from the ice rink, to addiction and a prison sentence, to the newsroom—emerging with a fierce determination to expose the broken system she experienced.

An elite, competitive figure skater growing up, Keri Blakinger poured herself into the sport, even competing at nationals. But when her skating partnership ended abruptly, her world shattered. With all the intensity she saved for the ice, she dove into self-destruction. From her first taste of heroin, the next nine years would be a blur—living on the streets, digging for a vein, selling drugs and sex, plunging off a bridge when it all became too much, all while trying to hold herself together enough to finish her degree at Cornell.

Then, on a cold day during Keri's senior year, the police stopped her. Caught with a Tupperware container full of heroin, she was arrested and ushered into a holding cell, a county jail, and finally into state prison. There, in the cruel "upside down,” Keri witnessed callous conditions and encountered women from all walks of life—women who would change Keri forever.

Two years later, Keri walked out of prison sober and determined to make the most of the second chance she was given—an opportunity impacted by her privilege as a white woman. She scored a local reporting job and eventually moved to Texas, where she started covering nothing other than: prisons. Over her career as an award-winning journalist, she has dedicated herself to exposing the broken system as only an insider could.

Not just a story about getting out and getting off drugs, this rich memoir is about finding redemption within yourself, as well as from the outside world, and the power of second chances. Written in a searing voice, Corrections in Ink is told with unflinching honesty and jolts of irreverent humor, and uncovers a dark and brutal system that affects us all. 

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press. 

©2022 Keri Blakinger (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

[Corrections in Ink] is a hair-raising tale of a girl torn between perfectionism and self-destruction, and a woman who uses her profound gifts to help set others free. How that girl became that woman demonstrates the beauty of storytelling—and sobriety."—Sarah Hepola, New York Times bestselling author of Blackout

"It's hard to think of a reporter more deeply devoted to exposing the brokenness of the American prison system than Keri Blakinger, who in Corrections in Ink turns her journalistic eye and narrative gift to her own story—a riveting journey through the depths of addiction and incarceration. As Keri writes, so few who are sucked into the carceral system receive the second chance that she was given, which is why it's impossible to read this book and not be inspired, and called to action, by her dedication to exposing the inhumane and injustice status quo within our country's jails and prisons."—Wesley Lowery, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement 

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So much i can relate about

i am 3 and a half years clean from my addiction, still struggling with my eating disorder. I have never been to prison, I have always gotten to treatment in time- but i know all too easily where I could have ended up. Instead my fiance sits for an unrelated crime (manslaughter) for 25 years, behind a max security NYS prison wall. Its his stories i carry with me daily, its his stories he asks me to get out there, but I struggle to find an outlet. I struggle to deal with the weight of all of them myself sometimes. Your book was so amazing i listened to it twice so far, and i will be starting it for the third time once I post this comment. Your way of describing the dance we do with our brain, with our addicted minds with our irrational thoughts… brought me back to all my days on the streets. Nobody has ever described ME that well to myself before. I am not a bad person when I am using, I am just someone who makes poor choices. All the lies i tell, its not to decieve you, its so maybe one less person hates me as much as i hate myself at that point. Because i know the insanity that is my addicted self. My addicted self and i have had many sit downs. And i just want 1 person to love me, respect me, not think i am gross. Thats all.

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Wonderful book

Keri Blankinger’s story is one that you cannot put down. How she lived her life the way she did and got through it is just amazing and she is a wonderful writer.

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A must read!

I listened to the book read by my the author. Her descriptions of her life before, during and after prison are amazing. The stories she relates about prison life are harrowing.
Her recovery is inspiring and her story would scare most people into trying never to end up on prison.

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What a stand out.

This memoir is so well written. You can feel her journey. The performance matched the story. Well done all around.

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fantastic!

one of the best books I've ever read(or listened to) please take the time to absorb this book and it's messages.

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Brutal honesty, great listen

I work in law enforcement and enjoyed Keri’s for several years now. Her corrections may be in ink, but her impact has been in Sharpie, bold and long-lasting. Some of the chapters are jaw dropping, and will linger in the back of my mind as I interact with people in the early stages of their journey to what I hope is recovery, and consider what I can do to help them along the way.

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Dark but moving, great book

Keri Blakinger, Cornell graduate, the star journalist and so much well known media person, tells the story of a self-destructing troubled teenager, failed in all possible ways and ended up in prison, after years of life in streets, sex industry, drug abuse, suicidal thoughts and attempts... The story of Keri herself, true to the word, brilliantly written and narrated by the author. Absolutely must read. Or better listen.

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So proud of Keri!

I worked at Cornell and knew her then, and know that part of her story up close. I always knew she would do great things. She’s totally badass, an unstoppable force, incredible writer and a loud advocate for prison reform. I am so proud of her. Keep crushing it Keri!!!

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What do we do?

In so many ways this is the book that we need to hear. I will add to the suggested reading “Insane” by Alisa Roth. Our entire system is broken from the homeless population to our judiciary system and everything in between like psych wards and city councils. I’m still waiting for a proper investigation of the importing of 200 prisoners to San Quentin in May of 2020 from prisons with Covid outbreaks to a prison with zero cases. I’m expecting criminal charges against the Governor of California for this and similar behavior in San Francisco. When 71% of a country is obese it is not acceptable to blame the people and point at privileged people who can eat above the poverty line. It’s no more okay to allow society to break down as it currently is and simply incarcerate, abuse and medicate everyone who has anger over the truth. Not the millions who took to the streets in BLM nor the outsiders who didn’t commit actual crimes on January 6th. The crisis is real and it’s been festering for decades. This book combined with many other books, articles, and media outline the problems, what do we do about this?