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Life Without Parole Living in Prison Today

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ISBN-10: 0195330129

ISBN-13: 9780195330120

Edition: 3rd 2004

Authors: Victor Hassine, Robert Johnson, Thomas J. Bernard, John Irwin

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In 1981 law school graduate Victor Hassine was sentenced to prison for life without parole for a capital offense. Life Without Parole, Third Edition, is an insightful look at conditions of confinement and prison life in America today, taking the reader on a "guided tour" of the prison experience. In powerful and poignant prose, Hassine conveys the changes in prison life that have come about as a result of the war on drugs, prison overcrowding, and demographic changes in inmate populations. Topics covered include rape, prison gangs, prison violence, AIDS, homosexuality, and prison politics. The Third Edition features five new chapters and continues to graphically document the violence and fear that are part of everyday life in a men's maximum-security prison. Every chapter also features a new introduction rewritten by eminent criminologist Robert Johnson. New Chapters: * Chapter 8: "Anatomy of a False Confession" recounts the story of Frank Stoppage, an innocent man who was released before DNA testing began to reveal the innumerable travesties of justice that permeate our justice system. * Chapter 17: "Scenes from a Prison" introduces us to several fascinating inmates whose lives reveal the human diversity of the prison world. * Chapter 18: "Interview With Judge Richard J. Nygaard" provides a forum for Judge Nygaard to speak with authority about our growing penal system and the ease with which society has come to live with prisons that operate as destructive human warehouses. * Chapter 23: "In Search of the Convict Code" debunks the long-held notion that there exists a convict code, unique to confinement, which is a powerful force in prison affairs. Real codes of prison conduct, we learn, are imported from the outside world and adapted to the demands of life in confinement. * Chapter 24: "A Hitchhiker's Guide to Prisons" examines how offenders cope with fear, and offers strategies on how correctional officials could convert the prison from a danger zone into an environment where new lives can be forged without fear.
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Prison Life Introduction
How I Became a Convict
Things Missed
Playing the Opposites
Prison Violence
The Underground Economy
Prison Politics
Race Relations in Prison
Anatomy of a False Confession
Saying Goodbye
Interviews Introduction
David: A Sexual Victim
Chaser: A Medication Addict
Toney: An AIDS Tragedy
Albert Brown: A Permanent Resident Chapter
Jacko: Surviving the Hole
Coach: A Changeling
The Dancing Man
Scenes From a Prison
Interview With
Op Ed Introduction
Prison Overcrowding
Prison Rape
Relationships Between Inmates and Guards
A Theory of Prison Evolution
In Search of the Convict Code
A Hitchhiker's Guide to Prisons
Conclusion: The Runaway Train Afterword, Richard A. Wright and Robert Johnson
Appendices
A State Tries to Rein in a Prison Awash in Drugs (Reprinted from The New York Times)
Struggle to Survive: View from Behind Bars (Reprinted from The Philadelphia Inquirer)