the master planTHE MASTER PLAN
by Chris Wilson and Bret Witter
Foreword by Wes Moore

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At eighteen, Chris Wilson killed a man in self-defense and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. In prison, Wilson embarked on a journey of self-improvement. He wrote his Master Plan: a list of all he expected to accomplish or acquire. He worked his plan every day for years, and in his mid-thirties he did the impossible: he convinced a judge to reduce his sentence and became a free man.

Today, Chris is a successful social entrepreneur who employs returning citizens; a mentor; and a public speaker. He is the embodiment of second chances, and this is his unforgettable story.

The Master Plan is less of a roadmap and more of a philosophy that we should all take to heart: we are all better than our worst decision, our sense of justice should honor the redemptive possibilities inherent in every person, and our destinies are truly intertwined.” —Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore

“This is a brave book, full of thought-provoking insight on criminal justice, the modern prison system, and the possibility of redemption….Thank you, Chris Wilson, for taking us into the cave, so that we can better understand the light.” —Beth Macy, author of Dopesick and Factory Man