Bruce Bruckner — life after prison

Author Bruce Bruckner shares a photo op with Pride Publishing Group writer Deborah A. Culp (photo by D. Culp).

Author Bruce Bruckner shares a photo op with Pride Publishing Group writer Deborah A. Culp (photo by D. Culp).

Bruce Bruckner is a handsome young man who made it to the other side of darkness. Trouble is not new to Bruce. He spent years in the Terre Haute Federal Corrections Institution. Five months ago he successfully made his way back home to Nashville. The new life journey began for Bruce, and he is taking full advantage of his life experience.

In addition to working a marketing sales job and being a student (studying medical billing and coding) at Brightmore College, he is writing a tell all book about his drastic prison experience. The title is Living Life in Terre Haute.

After reading the first few pages of the soon-to-be page-turner, I’m convinced that his descriptive, transparent account of “all things serving time in Terre Haute, Indiana Prison” will be one of those books that you cannot put down. The purpose of the book is for Bruce to share his story with the countless young men in the reading audience, hoping that once they read his book, they won’t take the same shameful and graphic trip.

He highlights why losing your precious freedom and some parts of your life is so unnecessary. He calls for them to stay out of trouble and not to do anything foolish, which can land you into prison and taken away from loved ones. Loved ones can be the family, friends and even colleagues who are left behind. Or are they? Not exactly, when the man (or woman) goes to prison his (or her) support lineages suffer too. Some even ‘do the time’ with that prisoner, through on site visitations, letter correspondence, monetary support used for prison commissary and other items or situations requiring money, also including legal and attorney fees, such as court costs or document retrieval. Some prisons allow the prisoners to wear their own clothing. The later is known (in prison talk) as ‘free-world clothing.

Also, don’t forget that those who end up incarcerated may leave children to care for behind. To further prevent them from going into a home or the foster care system, family members on the outside (in the free world) take custody of the prisoners’ minor children—if in fact the children have one of the parents free, to care for them. Young Bruce experienced that when he left behind two beautiful daughters. He says that they were and still are, one of the things that kept and keep him going.

When looking into this brave young man’s eyes and mulling his story over in my head, I thought “Wow! This kid is not much older than my son. What an old soul he is, I hope that he finishes his book and it turns into an amazing success, a bestseller. And boy does he need a seriously good job to stay afloat and plan for a better future.”

Bruce Bruckner committed a crime for which he has paid the price via the Terre Haute Federal Corrections Institution. His soon to be released book, Living Life in Terre Haute, may be a part of God’s plan for the young author to move to the next level, legally and morally of course. Bruce accepts inquiries, pre-orders and general correspondence via his e-mail address <>.