Piri is now in jail after killing a cop during a robbery that wasn't to set him straight for a long time. Piri is shot also, but when he wasn't aware he shot a cop till after he was arrested. the cop lived. Piri is sentenced to 5-15 years in prison. In prison his courage is tested by other inmates. he came close to fighting a couple of times but before he could actually fight he was transferred to another prison. after having his paroled denied piri spends another couple years in jail. after a visit from his family he then finds out the love of his life trina is now married. it angers him but he also mentions he told her not to wait for him. after 15 years Piri was released from prison but he was arrested the same day for warrants from robberies he committed prior to shooting a cop. ten after a while is officially released and given 3 years of probation. He runs into trina But they don't have much to say to each other then he runs into another friend who is now a junky.
The final ten chapters of “Down these mean streets” by Piri Thomas might leave a reader feeling hopeful because even though he has made mistakes in the past Piri has time to think about it in jail and he is maturing. An example of this is on page 298. “Learning had made me painfully aware of life and me. I began to dig what was inside of me. What had i been? How had i become that way? What could i be? How could i make it?” This is important because throughout the whole book Piri is on a quest to find his identity. Early in the book with his struggles with his color and ethnicity and the ending where he is in prison, he studied and practiced the teaching of muslim faith.
So far, the characters in “Down these mean streets” might remind a reader of the characters in “The corner” . In “The corner” the character ,DeAndre McCullough , just Like Piri always feels the need to be accepted which gets him in trouble. he was the son of two addicts and was going up in Baltimore, Maryland. He was in a gang and the gang sold drugs to keep money in their pocket. After a while he began to use the drugs he sold and it lead to him going to Prison.
After this part of the book, most readers probably will be looking forward to reading another book by Piri Thomas because of his ability to tell a great story. Even tho this is a autobiography he makes the story interesting by ability to tell a story and delivery.