"Lisa Forbes’ gripping, searing story provides powerful insights into what we, as a society, need to learn and confront in the ongoing epidemic of mass re-incarceration."--Chicago Crusader
“Forbes’ memoir holds a particular place in the discourse surrounding criminal justice reform. As policymakers, activists, and ordinary citizens grapple with mass incarceration and public safety, Forbes is a voice to be heard in a conversation that must be had, as an advocate for addressing the root problems associated with crime with the hope of reducing recidivism and providing formerly incarcerated individuals with the opportunities they need to successfully re-enter society.”--South Side Weekly
"Forbes has a story that needs to be read, and one that she has clearly synthesized and analyzed to ensure its significance encompasses both her personal successes and a much larger societal reform."--Library Journal (starred review)
"An inspiringly courageous memoir." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Forbes' clear, honest, and inspiring memoir proves she is a champion for herself and the struggle against mass incarceration and recidivism."
"An inspirational memoir that moves from childhood trauma to incarceration to eventual reintegration into society, I Can Take It from Here
is compelling as it argues that trauma resolution for individuals is critical to criminal justice reform." -- Foreword Reviews
“While I've long been a proponent of second chance initiatives, Lisa Forbes' memoir forced me to rethink how best to impact change. Lisa argues that, while housing and jobs are indeed a major obstacle to returning citizens, addressing the underlying trauma that leads so many to the criminal justice system should be at the real core of our work as a society. Her gripping and, at times, graphic story of her trials, tribulations, and triumph left me inspired."
-- Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President & CEO, Society for Human Resource Management SHRM