Tysheem Crocker, one of 8 siblings born and raised in the Bronx New York has been imprisoned in Pennsylvania D.O.C - convicted of crimes he did not commit. Currently being incarcerated for 22 Years. Mr. Crocker is seeing the end of the tunnel. While fighting his case he has been able to earn a college degree and run a successful book publishing company. We pray the best happens for him. All of our lives matter!!
Q: What are you incarcerated for and how long have you been incarcerated?
A: Homicide, and conspiracy. I've been down for 22-plus years INNOCENT BUT CONVICTED. The York County DA's office framed me. I had just turned twenty when I was arrested. They used false testimony, fabricated evidence, and unethical tactics to secure the conviction. Wild filthy!!
Q: What strategic plans are you using to fight for your freedom?
A: There has never existed a time during my incarceration, or since my conviction, where I didn't have a motion for post-conviction relief pending in the courts of common pleas. I've worked with three different attorneys, three different PI's, and I've represented myself, over the years. Now I have the Innocence Project working to liberate me. After 22-plus years of unwarranted oppression, I am not bitter, hold no grudge, because I know we are all capable of cruelty, just as we are all capable of kindness. And with that, the word verdict meas: SPEAK THE TRUTH. The verdict in my case didn't speak the truth, because the jury never heard the truth..
Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a author?
A. In 2003, after reading B-MORE CAREFUL, I decided I was going to write a novel entitled RESPECT THE STRUGGLE. My opening opus. Published in 2010.
Q: How many books have you published?
A: My seventh book will go on sale June 26th. It is titled "URBAN ROYALTY".
Q: How do your books get published since your incarcerated?
A: Omar Jennet is the COO of Street Generals Publishing, in charge of all operations.
Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
A: The most surprising thing ... I'm better at writing than I was at dealing drugs. And I was doing my numbers in the streets.
Q: What does your family think of your writing?
A. The family's just glad I turned a negative into a positive. Writing is my life.
Q: How do you keep fresh stories for your readers?
A: I try to evolve with the times without compromising the pedigree that my platform was built on.
Q: How did you come up with the book Street Generals?
A: STREET GENERALS is a trilogy about the 90's era gang culture in New York City. A lifestyle that can destroy lives.
Q: How has being an author changed your life?
A: I'm a foster kid, dropped out of school after the eighth grade, and received a life sentence for a crime I didn't commit. Nothing good's supposed to come out of that. Becoming an acclaimed author allowed for the healing of all those emotional scars. It gave me a powerful voice, and a platform no one can fade.
Q: Is it hard to maintain a business being incarcerated?
A: Day-to-day operations are in great hands. Omar's been handling operations for the last ten years now. It's crazy what can be accomplished when no one cares who cares who gets the credit. Word!
Q: Do you feel there is a high demand for the books you write and why?
A: No question there is a demand for a crime novelist, my knack for detail, witty wordplay, gritty settings, sensational plots, erotic scenes. I use words sparingly, and with extreme care.
Q: What made you sign another person to a book deal contract?
A. I knew when we started STREET GENERALS PUBLISHING, this is where dreams would come true. The first writer I signed was Dontaye Deshield, and we did ANY DAY CAN BE YOUR LAST IN THE JUNGLE. Then I signed Country McRae, and we co-wrote THE UNGODLY PASTOR. We don't promote violence, nor do we glorify street life. We are simply telling cautionary tales with devastating consequences.
Q: Do you plan on giving back once your release back in to society? If so how?
A: I plan to create a Creative Writing Workshop for at-risk youth. I believe writing can change the trajectory of a person's life. I also intend to develop a platform for the wrongfully convicted to be heard and bring some awareness to there situations. Because there is no statute of limitations on innocence.
Q: When you get released what are some of things you want to do?
A: Spend some time with my family, start my own family, do some speaking engagements to tell my story. And within 24 months turn my company into a media movement, Film, documentaries, podcasts, etc.
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