Sunny Schwartz

Sunny Schwartz is a twenty-seven-year veteran of the criminal justice system who speaks nationally about the sheriff's innovative in-jail programs, the establishment of the first charter high school in the nation for incarcerated adults, and the successes of restorative justice through the Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP). Her program was the recipient of the prestigious Innovations in Government Award, sponsored by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She lives in San Francisco with her partner, Lauren, and their daughter, Ella. Visit her Web site at

David Boodell
is a writer, television producer and director who has worked with A&E, the History Channel, Discovery, and other networks. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Liesl, and their dog, Murphy.

Books by this Author

Dreams from the Monster Factory


Meet Sunny Schwartz

Criminal justice expert Sunny Schwartz talks about what motivated her to create a groundbreaking program for prisoners.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Even when you're down and out, you can hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth and tie the game!

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. passion for life

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Captain Hook

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Thailand

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. many perfect pictures of happiness, the first one come to mind is having a picnic on a warm summer day, with the low tone of a baseball game playing on the portable radio, while I watch my daughter looking for a monach butterfly

Author Voices

November 20, 2008

Baseball is my lifeline. As a youth, Wrigley Field was my sanctuary. The Cubs -- the losers with heart -- were my saints with dirty faces. As an adult, I moved to San Francisco and adopted the Giants even though they hadn’t won a world series since 1954. I have kept the faith and they have kept me hopeful.

During the 2002 World Series we needed heroes more than ever. The last two years were marked by terrible violence: 9/11, war with Afghanistan and Iraq, and the DC sniper shootings. The Giants were seven outs away from accomplishing the unthinkable, becoming the world champions. I believed we would win. Then, in the blink of an eye, with a... see more

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