The real-life story of Judge Mathis is heartwarming and inspirational. Greg Mathis was a gang member who dropped out of school, was in and out of jail and then overcame these adversities to become the youngest judge in Michigan history.
Once the inspiration for his own court show, the Judge's personal story is now the subject of a new book, "Inner City Miracle," which was released in October 2002 by Ballantine/One World Books. Mathis along with seasoned writer, Blair Walker, co-wrote the autobiography to document the Judge's triumph over odds. The memoir takes a candid look at the Judge's rise to success from the projects of Detroit. Once a juvenile delinquent himself, the Judge provides readers with a more revealing look into his inspirational transformation and to his ongoing efforts to help others. "Inner City Miracle" was well received by book reviewers across the country. The success of the book earned Mathis the prestigious Blackboard Non-fiction Book of the Year Award in May 2003.
Mathis has been called upon as a regular contributor to national television programs, including "Larry King Live," "Politically Incorrect" and CNN's "Talk Back Live," to discuss his opinions on issues of the day, including terrorism and national security, unique sentencing and Affirmative Action.