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Frank Tannenbaum Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Criminology
Faculty Senate Award for Research from Loyola University New Orleans
Out of the Red is one man’s pathbreaking story of how social forces and personal choices combined to deliver an unfortunate fate. After a childhood of poverty, institutional discrimination, violence, and being thrown away by the public education system, Bolden's life took him through the treacherous landscape of street gangs at the age of fourteen. The Bloods offered a sense of family, protection, excitement, and power. Incarcerated during the Texas prison boom, the teenage former gangster was thrust into a fight for survival as he navigated the perils of adult prison. As mass incarceration and prison gangs swallowed up youth like him, survival meant finding hope in a hopeless situation and carving a path to his own rehabilitation. Despite all odds, he forged a new path through education, ultimately achieving the seemingly impossible for a formerly incarcerated ex-gangbanger.
About the Author
CHRSTIAN L. BOLDEN is an associate professor of criminology and justice at Loyola University in New Orleans. From 2012-2013, he was the “Futurist in Residence” Research Fellow for the FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit. His research focuses on gang social networks, gang organizational processes, and human trafficking.
“Bolden provides a sobering account of gang life through a personal narrative that captures the realities of violence, victimization, adolescent frustrations, and systemic dysfunction in social institutions. He displays an enormous amount of courage by writing clearly about both his participation in violence and his firsthand experiences being either a victim of or witness to brutal crimes. He provides a thorough account of gang life in San Antonio and beyond.”
— Timothy Lauger
"Compelling and powerful, Out of the Red joins a small but important body of autoethnographic works on crime, victimization, and injustice. Seamlessly blending his life story and lived experience with scholarship on gangs, delinquency, and justice, Bolden offers a moving and rigorous assessment of the causes and consequences of social and legal inequalities in America."
— Jody Miller
"Tommy Tucker, First News," WWL Radio interview with Christian Bolden
— "Tommy Tucker, First News," WWL Radio
"Mr. Holland’s masterpiece: Resurrecting a life"
— Clarion Herald
"The Reading Life: Tom Cooper, Christian Bolden"
— The Reading Life, WWNO
"From Gang Member to PhD: Defying the Odds," by Isidoro Rodriguez
— The Crime Report