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Lacino Hamilton is a writer, thinker and activist who was incarcerated for 26 years thanks to a wrongful conviction, and was exonerated in September 2020. He is the author of In Spite of the Consequences: Prison Letters on Exoneration, Abolition, and Freedom. For more information about his case, see “Ring of Snitches: How Detroit Police Slapped False Murder Convictions on Young Black Men.” After being sent to prison, he spent four of his first six years in solitary confinement. It was there that he began to read, think critically and distinguish between expressing a desire to change and demonstrating the ability to achieve it. He can be reached for a larger discussion on this and related topics via email.