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"Those of us who have been on the inside know how difficult it is in there. Take it from us, be an outie, and help in any way you can."

The author intended this book " help incarcerated women gain access to vital information that is not available to them inside the jail..." But those who never have or probably never will land in jail should read it anyway - this guide is eye-opening.

Francisco writes with shocking honesty about her troubles with the law. Her frankness and clarity might startle readers more than once. She interviewed other inmates and got brutally honest, forthright answers. And they shared shocking incidences such as when a seemingly power-hungry warden transporting ill inmates to and from the jail to medical facilities said, "If you talk at all on this bus I will turn the heat up as far as it goes..."  Such abuse of power is described throughout the book. Readers may find themselves cringing with embarrassment for so-called humanity.

Francisco writes it all in clean copy accompanied by her stunning illustrations. The book itself is professionally put together, and the orange cover, and orange, barbed-wire design trim on each page can hardly be overlooked. These add to the dramatic effect that the subject truly deserves. The author's guide may be shocking to most, but the major intent of the book is to provide resources and information to inmates who find themselves with the prison gates slamming behind them or for those preparing to do their time. The author has compiled information, affidavits, and other blank forms for those in need (e.g. a caregiver's authorization affidavit). Helping with the red tape and administrative aspects related to imprisonment, this book should be made available to all prisoners.

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Good Girl's Guide to County Jail for the Bad Girl in Us All

Your Guide to the Incarcer Nation

(not your average tour guide)

At long last the book is completing it's quality review checks, and will be available on all distribution channels through The Ingram Spark Company in time for holiday giving. It's available in the bookstore on October 31, 2017.  Promotional, discounted, and bulk purchase copies can be ordered on the  website. So can book art, and the mp3 download of "If On Heaven I Can Wait" (my jail-house hymn). Please help me reach my goal of getting this valuable resource into the hands of the millions who need it. (Preferably before it's too late.) Send an email to [email protected] with a valid receipt for the purchase of any edition of  Good Girl's Guide to County Jail, and I will send you a link to special promotions during this exciting pre-launch. Receive insider tips and ad-ons well after our initial launch (artwork, art cards, song downloads, excerpts, interviews, and more).

How to Save Your Ass with an Affidavit

Don't be one of the ill-prepared when life takes its unexpected twists and turns. Learn how to protect your loved ones, your tangible property, even yourself with simple Affidavits, and Power of Attorney Forms (some are included in the book). Poorly planned is improperly prepared.  In the event you can't act on your own behalf for any reason, having clearly defined instructions is more effective than leaving things dangling for all the wrong people to figure out. Once you purchase a book (and email me your receipt) you have access to our ever-evolving Affidavit Library.  To request information regarding my Notary-on-Site Events and scheduling, check the website.

Donate a Book to an Inmate

  • You can help support our Donate a Book to an Inmate Program by purchasing a book on behalf of an inmate who can not buy one themselves and furthering my efforts in reaching those than can benefit from the information where they need it, and when they need it most.  Many wait for years on the inside while their cases sludge through the justice system without effective support . Many are forced to plea bargain their freedom away.
  • Please note, only trade paperback books are allowed into jails.
  • Consider donating your copy to your local library or local prison library.

For Immediate Release

New Book GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO COUNTY JAIL Describes Author's Life in Jail, Offers Guide for Survival Behind Bars

Author Ellen Marie Francisco Exposes Life Behind Bars Before Trial and with No Bail

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Good Girl's Guide to County Jail

Good Girl's Guide to County Jail

LOS ANGELES - Nov. 17, 2017 - PRLog -- Millions of viewers have made the television series "Orange is the New Black" a pop culture sensation, but Ellen Marie Francisco ( has no interest in watching it or reading the memoir, by Piper Kerman, which spawned the hit show.

Francisco has lived her own version of "Orange is the New Black," an experience she refers to as "innocent in oranges." "Oranges" is prison jargon for the orange jump suits worn by prisoners who have been charged but who have not yet been to trial, Francisco explains.

Francisco, an author and entrepreneur, describes her experience behind bars in her latest book, GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO COUNTY JAIL (FOR THE BAD GIRL IN US ALL). A gripping and candid tale of her journey through three California jails for women, GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO COUNTY JAIL ( also serves as a resource guide for navigating the legal thickets necessary to surviving what Francisco dubs the "Incarcer Nation".

GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO COUNTY JAIL "is a call to action to remedy the lack of support for pre-sentenced women sitting in jails across America who are not educated enough to understand what they're negotiating in the courtroom," Francisco explains, "and for the women who don't realize how close they already are to the courthouse steps."

Francisco was arrested in 2013 in Lake Arrowhead, California and charged with carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon and robbery after an incident involving her impounded car. The charges were ultimately dropped, but not before Francisco had served nearly two months in three county jails. While locked up, she talked to hundreds of women "each on a different path without a definitive end, each living with the certain fear that they were not in control of their own lives."

Those conversations became the nucleus of GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO COUNTY JAIL.

About the Author Ellen Marie Francisco

Canadian born Ellen Marie Francisco worked in feature film development and production in Toronto on Canadian Content film projects partially funded through Telefilm Canada in the '80s. She was transferred to Los Angeles in the early '90s to help expand the production company into Los Angeles. Her work in the entertainment industry continued for decades under a NAFTA Investor Visa in Los Angeles, and environs with her catering company Amazing Graze. Her resort community Real Estate business Cabin Ready operated to the point of her untimely arrest.

Francisco has also worked in the publishing industry. Along the way, she landed a job with writer Sidney Sheldon as a proofreader and fan mail response writer. That experience and her tenure in publishing helped shape her own voice.

Her work as a photographer in Toronto and California in the early '90s landed her backstage access to Cirque du Soleil and one of her first print credits. She has sold and/or shown photographic works in galleries on the Big Island of Hawaii, in Los Angeles and Toronto. The book is filled with her raw and captivating vector artwork, a visual storyboard to her harrowing journey through the "Incarcer Nation."

Francisco is the adoptive mother of two children and a Chihuahua named Piglet. They currently reside in Ottawa, Ontario.

Good Girl's Guide to County Jail

176 pages.

Hardcover, $29.99; ISBN: 978-1-4602-8477-3

Softcover, $27.99; ISBN: 978-104602-8478-0

E-book, $8.99; ISBN: 978-1-4602-8479-7

Publication date: October 27, 2017

Published by Scribbles and Ink Publishing/Friesen Press

Available at;;; and and booksellers nationwide.

Distributed to the trade by The Ingram Book Company.


October 2017

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