Shaka Senghor on Getting 40 Years at Age 19, Being in Solitary for 7 Years

Famed lecturer and author Shaka Senghor opened up to VladTV about being sentenced to 17 to 40 years for shooting and killing someone when he was just 19. Senghor explained that he convinced himself that he would be doing the full 40 years, so he started rebelling to the full extent, which landed him a combined seven years in solitary confinement.

During the conversation, Senghor opened up about the hardships in prison, including the “feces wars,” being left out in the freezing cold for hours, and prisoners injuring themselves to go to the hospital for a chance at human contact. To hear more of what Shaka had to say, including why the older people in prison were his saving grace, hit the above clip.