AP Interview: Ex-mayor discusses post-prison plans

June 2, 2011 - 3:29 PM

DETROIT (AP) — Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick tells The Associated Press that plans following his prison release include public speaking, consulting and running political campaigns that are not his own.

In a phone interview from the Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson County on Thursday, Kilpatrick says he'd like to be his own boss but not hold elected office.

Kilpatrick isn't sure when that will be.

A judge sentenced him in May 2010 to up to five years in prison for violating probation in a 2008 criminal case that forced him to step down as mayor. A Michigan parole board deferred a decision last month to release him.

Kilpatrick also faces federal corruption charges.

Kilpatrick plans to release a book on Aug. 1 titled: "Surrendered! The Rise, Fall and Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick."