Among Murderers Life after Prison

ISBN-10: 0520272854

ISBN-13: 9780520272859

Edition: 2013

Authors: Sabine Heinlein

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What is it like for a convicted murderer who has spent decades behind bars to suddenly find himself released into a world he barely recognizes? What is it like to start over from nothing? To answer these questions Sabine Heinlein followed the everyday lives and emotional struggles of Angel Ramos and his friends Bruce and Adam--three men convicted of some of society's most heinous crimes--as they return to the free world.Heinlein spent more than two years at the Castle, a prominent halfway house in West Harlem, shadowing her protagonists as they painstakingly learn how to master their freedom. Having lived most of their lives behind bars, the men struggle to cross the street, choose a dish at a restaurant, and withdraw money from an ATM. Her empathetic first-person narrative gives a visceral sense of the men's inner lives and of the institutions they encounter on their odyssey to redemption. Heinlein follows the men as they navigate the subway, visit the barber shop, venture on stage, celebrate Halloween, and loop through the maze of New York's reentry programs. She asks what constitutes successful rehabilitation and how one faces the guilt and shame of having taken someone's life.With more than 700,000 people being released from prisons each year to a society largely unprepared--and unwilling--to receive them, this book provides an incomparable perspective on a pressing public policy issue. It offers a poignant view into a rarely seen social setting and into the hearts and minds of three unforgettable individuals who struggle with some of life's harshest challenges.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/12/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Freedom Day
At the Garden
Street Code
Talking Murder
Poster Boys
Dinner with Bruce
Job Readiness
Prisoners Still
The Penis Dialogues
At the Barber
Causalities
The New Coat
A Haunted House
Waiting for Nothing
Growing Old
Silent Forgiveness
Lies and Good Luck
Sex, Love, and Race
From Attica to Broadway
The New Home
On Guard
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
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