Rosser McDonald astounds book reviewers with his true crime book “Real Prison Real Freedom”

The criminal justice book “Real Prison Real Freedom” (Elm Hill; 2020) by Rosser McDonald tells the chilling story of Rickie Smith, who was said to be “the most violent prisoner in the Texas Department of Corrections.”

The book takes readers through Rickie’s broken family background and troubled youth to his life of crime, incarceration at the Texas Department of Corrections (TDC), his chronic prison misbehavior and violence, and conversion to Christianity. “Real Prison Real Freedom” also exposes the injustice and mistreatment between inmates and prison guards and invokes the questions whether prisons really work and contribute to prison misbehavior.

The book has been well-reviewed by book reviewers who praise the book for its compassionate and compelling storytelling of Rickie’s life and its focus not only on his troubled life and persistent prison misbehavior but also his spiritual transformation. Writing for Manhattan Book Review, Susan Miller wrote: “I think the author provided a compassionate and insightful story of how a man was able to change his life and outlook despite his environment and circumstances.”

“I found this story incredibly inspiring,” wrote Theresa Kadair in a review for the Portland Book Review. “Smith shows that hope and light can always be found, even in the bleakest and desolate of situations. Anyone who is interested in accounts of prison life, prison reform, and stories of hope would enjoy this book.”

In a review for Seattle Book Review, Foluso Falaye wrote: “I was greatly moved by Rickie’s story! It taught me a great lesson about forgiveness, redemption, and looking after the young in our society.

“I recommend ‘Real Prison Real Freedom’ to fans of Christian-themed biographies and readers who wish to be free from whatever activity they desire to let go of. What a poignant and touching experience! It is a book that I will not be forgetting anytime soon.”

Rod Raglin’s review for San Francisco Book Review touches on Rickie’s Christian transformation. He wrote: “Whether you attribute the transformation of Rickie Smith to accepting Jesus or realizing his life was unbearable and had to change is a matter of personal choice, but there is no denying the gospel was the roadmap to finding his way back to humanity.

“His implementation of Christian principles has affected a seismic shift in his life and, in doing so, influenced the faith of many others.”

“It is an inspirational story of hope that affirms the possibility of transformative change, told with compassion and clear,” wrote Edward Sung for IndieReader. “McDonald delivers this heartbreaking, often disturbing narrative with journalistic detachment and non-judgmental sympathy, striving to understand both Smith and the prison wardens and officers who are, by turns, his tormentors and saviors.”

Purchase a copy of “Real Prison Real Freedom” by Rosser McDonald on Amazon and the author’s website

“Real Prison Real Freedom” was last exhibited by the self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

“Real Prison Real Freedom”

Author | Rosser McDonald

Published date | June 2020

Publisher | Elm Hill

Book retail price | $12.99

Author Bio

Rosser McDonald is an experienced writer. Sixteen years reporting news on TV in Oklahoma and Texas. Then twenty-eight years as a producer at the Radio and Television Commission, SBC. Twelve of those, Rosser produced and scripted documentaries for use on NBC TV stations. Two brought Emmy Award nominations. He has many Telly Awards (cable TV version of Emmys) and other recognitions. His wife, Glenda, is a life-long musician on piano and organ.

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4 Ways Ronald McDonald House Charities Is Helping Foster a More Sustainable Future


Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) has long been known for its dedication to supporting families with sick children in their time of need. And with more than 685 programs in 62 countries and regions, the nonprofit’s impact is astounding – which is just one reason why McDonald’s has been a proud supporter of RMHC since it was founded in 1974. In addition to providing comfortable, family-centered spaces for families to be together, RMHC is also committed to making those spaces more sustainable for generations to come.

In fact, RMHC incorporates sustainable design principles and features in 100% of all new construction, including 10 new programs that were added in 2021.

The charity’s ambitious commitment to the environment stretches across four key pillars, which are selected for improved comfort of guest families, minimized impact on the environment and ease-of-maintenance to ensure that RMHC programs remain available to serve families.

1. More Sustainable Design and Operations: With a wide variety of facilities covering a range of climates and cultures around the globe, RMHC program designs employ many sustainable design features, including maximizing solar exposure for solar panels, optimizing natural daylight and ventilation, and selecting eco-friendly, low-emitting materials and high-efficiency appliances and equipment. 


See it in action: The Ronald McDonald House in Perth was the first project in Western Australia to be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Silver building, thanks in part to its water-efficient landscaping, indoor air-quality management plan and more.

2. Water: RMHC programs use water resources wisely by minimizing demand through best practices, such as selecting water-efficient appliances and fixtures, collecting rainwater and landscaping with native, drought-tolerant plants. 


See it in action: The Ronald McDonald House in Long Beach, California, is home to a native landscape that requires little water to maintain and provides a serene gathering place for families.

3. Energy: To help minimize energy demand, energy-efficient appliances, equipment and lighting are used in program designs whenever possible. RMHC programs are also increasing their use of renewable energy to minimize their environmental footprint. 


See it in action: The Ronald McDonald House in Madrid uses solar photovoltaic panels and solar thermal hot water to make the most of natural and renewable resources and to reduce energy demand.

4. Waste: There are several ways that RMHC Chapters manage waste that range from responsive meal planning to repurposing existing buildings to eliminate construction waste and leverage the energy and resources already embedded in those structures. 


See it in action:
The Ronald McDonald House in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, helps combat food waste through careful meal planning that reuses leftover ingredients in subsequent meals.

“I’m so proud of the work being done to ensure our RMHC programs are designed thoughtfully,” says Kelly Dolan, President and CEO of RMHC, Inc. “As a global organization, it’s incredibly important to ensure our initiatives are sustainable, so we can continue to keep families with sick children comfortable when they need it most.”

The ongoing investments RMHC is making in sustainable facilities and the efficient and effective use of natural resources help keep all local programs in peak condition and available to serve the families they care for.

In committing to a more sustainable future, RMHC can deepen the impact of its programs, help protect and preserve the environment and support healthy communities around the globe – all of which help the storied nonprofit organization deliver on its mission.