Doing time in prison gives a person plenty of time to think, and former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been giving serious thought to his future. The 40-year-old, who is currently serving time in Michigan’s Cotton Correctional Facility, also has been penning a memoir about his post-prison plans, which don’t include future elective office but do involve striking out on his own. In August, he will release a memoir, titled Surrendered! The Rise, Fall and Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick.
“I don’t want to work for anybody ever again. I need to work and be in my own company,” Kilpatrick told the Associated Press in an interview last week. “I have set up a great deal of opportunities for myself, and opportunities to first make reconciliation to the city of Detroit. More than anything else, I have been given a great amount of gifts and there are people, fortunately, who want for me to help them.”
Kilpatrick, who owes the city of Detroit $860,770 in court-ordered restitution, worked most recently for a medical software company in Dallas, Texas, but lost that job when he was sentenced to up to five years in prison last May for violating his probation in the 2008 criminal case that forced him to resign from his position as mayor of Detroit. He currently is awaiting a decision on his recent petition for parole.
According to AP, Kilpatrick would have to sell more than 32,800 copies of his book at $26.95 each to comply with his 2008 plea deal. He told the newswire that in the past year he’s learned “to be a man of my word,” but will that mean much to Wayne County Kym Worthy, who thinks his word is pretty much worthless and is fighting his petition for early parole? Not likely.
“We will look into any and all income that is earned by Kilpatrick that can be applied to the restitution that he owes under the terms of his probation,” Worthy spokeswoman Maria Miller told the AP.