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Author, ex-con plans luncheon appearance, book signing May 9

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POSTED April 26, 2012 11:59 p.m.

La Grange author and ex-con Casey Odland is the featured speaker at the Women’s Success Network of Manteca luncheon set for Wednesday, May 9, at   11:30 a.m. at the Rendezvous Banquet Room, 1357 N. Main St.

To make reservations contact Renee Kee at (209) 825-6450.

A book signing will also take place May 9 at  Main Street Café, 1164 W. Yosemite Ave., from  2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

With the pre-release program taking hold in communities throughout California, there are many questions regarding transitioning ex-cons into the local population. First time author, Odland, has written a new book outlining a roadmap for ex-cons to go straight. 

The book, “The Ex-Con and the Italian Princess”, weaves back and forth from his childhood as the privileged son of a doctor and his life of crime. After leaving prison in 1980 he was never arrested again. This easy-read book gives brotherly advice to anyone wanting to turn their life around. The book becomes a reference guide and then a platform to build a life plan for the ex-offender’s future.

Odland was on the Vocational Trades Advisory Committee at San Quentin Prison for over 25 years. After visiting a pre-release class there in December of 2009, Odland was discouraged to find that all the vocational courses had been cancelled due to budgetary cuts. Shortly after, he started the Correctional Education and Rehabilitation Network based in Sonora. His main passion is to rehabilitate and educate ex-offenders to become innovative business entrepreneurs through strategic workforce training and development initiatives.

Odland’s own successful business was due to a vocational course he had taken while incarcerated in California’s prison system. When he was released in 1980, within three years he started his own business in San Francisco. The vocational trade he learned in prison helped Odland raise his family in an upper middle class setting in Half Moon Bay for 15 years. For the last 14 years he has been in the financial services business.

This is a self-help/motivational and inspirational book. A portion of the book proceeds go to supply books to inmates and ex-offenders and improve the lives of their families and the community.

The book is now available at all 13 Stockton-San Joaquin Library system branches for free.

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