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In Her Own Words: Demetrus Coonrod On “Prison To Purpose”

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Demetrus Coonrod

Demetrus Coonrod represents District 9 on the Chattanooga City Council - from East Chattanooga and Eastdale to Glenwood to Missionary Ridge and Ridgedale.

She grew up in a working-class family in East Chattanooga - no stranger to economic struggle and income inequality.

She watched her parents battle drug addiction - and she endured multiple traumas of her own - in a journey that led to incarceration for a felony conviction - and then, redemption and public office.

Demetrus Coonrod tells her story - difficult to tell and difficult to hear - in her book, “Prison to Purpose: A Past That Shaped My Future.”

A few weeks ago, she stopped by our studio.

Demetrus Coonrod
Demetrus Coonrod