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Fighting for Your Life: The African-American Criminal Justice Survival Guide
John V. Elmore  More Info

John Elmore stated about his book, “As a Defense Attorney, I spend a lot of time counseling young African-American men and women about making better lives for themselves and avoiding lives of crime. Many that I have spoken to are doing very well in life; one of my former clients is now a law school graduate and practicing criminal defense attorney. However, some of the young people have engaged in progressively worse behavior and are now either serving long prison terms or dead. This has been very disheartening. I have also witnessed many young black men and women, who have been wrongfully accused and convicted of crimes because they did not understand the system and lacked the tools to survive it. It hurts me to see so many of our young African-American men going to jail instead of college. Many go to jail, having been wrongfully convicted of crimes that they did not commit. Others will go to jail because of a lack of economic opportunities; and others go to jail simply because they did not have someone to show them a better way. I hope this book will serve as a tool to wake up and fight to save the lives of the next generation of African-American young people, so that they will avoid the criminal justice system. I hope it will educate you and your loved ones about the system and help you make intelligent decisions about the way you conduct your lives.”

One reader of Fighting for Your Life: The African-American Criminal Justice Survival Guide said, “As a reviewer, Fighting For Your Life: The African -American Criminal Justice Survival Guide is certainly on the top of my list for fact checking and research. IT is a thorough and accurate guide that is intelligent, sensible, and can be the cure-all of calling a truce between the criminal justice system and those accused. Yes, if you are guilty, there are penalties, but this book wants you to only do the time if it if fits the crime, and keep you living, because even the criminal has a family.

This is about humanity and cutting down the abuse and brutality of youth who are the product of the environments in which they live. The story is not finished, and we still owe another book to the survivors. I would have liked to read more about Hurricane Carter, Alfred Houston, Angela Davis, and even Mr. Tony Rose. This book will definitely welcome the trend of survivor stories. Def Jam's Bruce George is dedicating an anthology to The Bandana Republic, and Neshee Publication is acquiring stories for Fight To The Finish Line. All of these books are in demand.

by our youth, young adults, local gang members, those serving time, those of the criminal justice who want to better understand their role as officers of the community, parents and people who care about the state of America on crime, and of course...address what we all need to know to survive. A new genre is born. All praise goes our to John Elmore, Esq., a criminal defense attorney, former state trooper, father of four boys, teacher and attorney general.”

John V. Elmore is a practicing Criminal Defense Attorney with offices in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York. He was co-counsel with Attorney James Harrington in Western New York’s first Death Penalty case in forty years. Their efforts resulted in a life sentence for Jonathan Parker, convicted in the shooting of Buffalo Police Officer Charles McDougald. He is a former New York State Trooper, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney and New York State Assistant Attorney General. John Elmore has taught Criminal Justice Administration at Buffalo State College and Medaille College. John Elmore has lectured at various continuing legal seminars sponsored by the New York State Capital Defender’s Office, the Erie County Bar Association, and the New York State Bar Association.


As a life member of the N.A.A.C.P., John Elmore has served as a board member and volunteer attorney for the Buffalo branch of the N.A.A.C.P. for ten years. He is a past board member of the William-Emslie YMCA. John Elmore has been a board member, coach, and sponsor in the Kensington-Bailey Little League. John Elmore is a sponsor of youth teams in the Niagara Falls Boys Club and Buffalo Police Athletic League Basketball programs. For several years he was a participant in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity mentoring program. His dedication to youth was highlighted when John Elmore received Parents Magazine’s Good Neighbor Award


John Elmore is the Author of Fighting For Your Life; An African-American Criminal Justice Survival Guide. According to the book description, “Powerfully written by John V. Elmore, Esq. and edited by Yvonne Rose, with a foreword by Tony Rose, Publisher of Amber books, FIGHTING FOR YOUR LIFE Will Teach You: How to Choose the Best Attorney to Help You Win Your Personal Fight for Justice; Understand Your Rights and Know What to Do if You Are Arrested; Survive if You Get Caught up in the Criminal Justice System; How to Check Your Appearance and Conduct in Court to Get the Best Possible Outcome; Everything You Need to Know About Bail, Juries and Jail; How Drugs & Alcohol can Lead to a Life of Crime and Torment….How to Make the right Choices.”

About the New York State Police 

According to the New York State Police, “In 1913, a construction foreman named Sam Howell was murdered during a payroll robbery in Westchester County. Because Westchester County was a very rural area then, there was no local police department and Mr. Howell's murderers escaped, even though he identified them before he died.

His vicious crime spurred Mr. Howell's employer, Moyca Newell (left) and her friend, Katherine Mayo (right), to initiate a movement to form a State Police department to provide police protection to rural areas. As a result of their efforts, the State Legislature established the New York State Police as a full service police agency on April 11, 1917.

Since the first 237 men rode out of their training camp on horseback to begin patrolling rural areas, troopers have been there to fulfill the law enforcement needs of the people of New York State with the highest degree of fairness, professionalism and integrity.

During the 1990s, the New York State Police focused on three primary objectives: dealing with the rising tide of violent crime, much of it drug related; increasing cooperative ventures with local law enforcement agencies to more efficiently and effectively provide police services to the people of New York; and preparing for the challenges of the rapidly approaching 21st Century.”

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