How does a homeless, drug-addicted bank robber who’s served over 20 years in prison and has been declared by the courts to be insane ever make a comeback?? Is that even possible???


Check out the page-turner The Prison Within: A Memoir of Breaking Free and find out!

What Others Are Saying

“If you’re looking for a memoir that gives it to you straight, look no further than The Prison Within. Cummins…inspires and strays from the standard ‘a-ha’ moment and narrates the work along with the many failures and relapses that come with a happy ending. Each story, in all its sadness, is a brick laid on his slowly paved path to recovery. His compelling story, paired with his witty and smart writing style, makes The Prison Within an easy and enjoyable read.”

Jaylynn Korrell

Independent Book Review

a gripping, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful true story about the author’s struggles with addiction, prisons both external and internal, and the long and painful road to recovery…a priceless resource, an offer of light for people fighting their way through what seems to be hopeless darkness.

Catherine Langrehr

Indie Reader

“[A] harrowing true-life tale that has real grit and driving force at its heart…A story of a true underdog and a powerful motivational tool, I would highly recommend The Prison Within: A Memoir of Breaking Free to all readers who want emotive, real-life stories, addiction-overcoming inspirational works, and stories from the heart.”

K.C. Finn

Readers' Favorite

“Don’s transformation is simply amazing. To have overcome such adversity, to lead teams and create solutions that have helped our company grow from a local startup to the international success it is today, is a testimony to the greatness within all of us that Don speaks of.”

Monica Eaton-Cardone

Founder, Fi911/Cb911

About The Book

It’s 2011 and Don is homeless. He’s a hard-core, street-level drug addict. He’s a secluded loner, and he’s been declared by the courts to be insane. And as if that weren’t enough, he’s also served over twenty years in prison for bank robberies – and he’s been charged with yet another one.

It’s 2018 and Don is a homeowner. He’s sober and has genuine friends. He’s married and he’s become the father of two young boys. He’s the Director of Software Development for an international financial services company. He’s also a transformational speaker, helping others by spreading a message of hope and self-forgiveness.

The Prison Within: A Memoir of Breaking Free is the gritty, inspirational story of how despair and extreme isolation miraculously turned to hope, connection, and true success.

The journey begins as an out of control train wreck, twisting downward through the madness of seedy drug motels, mental institutions, and prison yards. But Don’s path takes a desperate turn, and a slow climb leads to personal awakening, transformation, and healing that propels him upward to make an astonishing comeback.

About the Author

Don Cummins is an author, speaker, and musician. His passion is to spread the message that regardless of anyone’s background or life situation, absolutely anyone can overcome their obstacles and have the life they dream of.

Don is a motivational speaker with the Pinellas County School Board’s Bureau of Speakers. His presentation The Hero Within: Bringing Our Your Inner Greatness  can be accessed free online at Don’s also an active member of the Rotary Club of Safety Harbor.

Don lives in Florida with his wife Brianna and his two boys Levi and Finley. When he’s not hanging out with his family or working on a project, he’s probably riding his bike or playing guitar.

Find out more about Don at