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Leo Barron Hicks was born and raised in East St. Louis, Illinois, a city not without it’s challenges. He has been married for over thirty years, and has two children and two grandchildren. Mr. Hicks received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Illinois at Springfield Illinois (formerly Sangamon State University) and a law degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Law at Carbondale, Illinois. He has fifteen years experience as a practicing attorney.

“I was motivated to write ‘The New Cotton’ by the need to provoke heartfelt discussion about the state of justice in America . To create dialog about where we have come from, where we are, and where we are going. And finally, I want to send a wake up call to other young black males. To show them the real purpose of the criminal justice system and to convince them that we can and must do better.”