Life for a Life Life Imprisonment: America's Other Death Penalty

ISBN-10: 019533048X
ISBN-13: 9780195330489
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Description: James A. Paluch, Jr., is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole. In this remarkably perceptive book, he offers the reader a detailed account of the daily realities of prison life in its mundane essentials, from the culture of the  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

James A. Paluch, Jr., is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole. In this remarkably perceptive book, he offers the reader a detailed account of the daily realities of prison life in its mundane essentials, from the culture of the cellblock to the etiquette of the yard and the mess hall. The book also highlights concepts of prisonization, institutionalization, and the community, as well as the nature of modern punishment. Here, Paluch walks us through a complicated, sometimes treacherous culture behind bars, a place where manipulation and deception often rule. He introduces us to the world of the lifer, a community of men who know they will live and die behind bars. By the end of his book, Paluch leads the reader to question and reevaluate whether our prisons, in their present condition, should continue institutionalizing substantial numbers of offenders for the rest of their natural lives.

James Anthony Paluch, Jr. was born May 24, 1971, in Allentown, PA. Educated in both public and private schools, he and his girlfriend dropped out of high school six months before graduation. He was arrested in Philadelphia in June, 1990, for first-degree murder and aggravated assault. In October, 1991, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Lifers' Association at SCI-Rockview.

Introduction
Life
As I Write This Book
Bof's Journal
Enter the Madness
Food
The Old Dining Hall
The New Dining Hall
The Commissary
Personal Hygiene
Showers
Laundry
Haircuts
Medical Care
A Visit to Medical
A Painful Experience
Sex
Forced Sexual Deprivation
Sex in Prison
Inmates and Staff
The Unlistened-to Story
The Game
The Times Are a Changin'
The Snitch
Asleep in the Deep
Custody and Security
Shakedown
Misconduct
The Setup
The Restrictive Housing Unit (RHU)
Isn't It Ironic?
Violence
Firebombed!
Lifers
This Is What We Do to Troublemakers
Rumble in the Jungle
The Lock in the Sock
A Bowl of Fruit
Joshua
The Old Man and the Mountain
Family
Thinking of You
A Sad Day for
A Lifer's Dad
A Lifer's Mom
A Wife Doing Life
Conclusion
Forgive Them, Father...
A Life for a Life
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