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Prisons Inside the New America - From Vernooykill Creek to Abu Ghraib

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ISBN-10: 1556435495

ISBN-13: 9781556435492

Edition: 2nd 2005

Authors: David Matlin, Ishmael Reed

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This powerful exposé reveals how America's ailing prison system undermines the public trust. For ten years, David Matlin taught at a maximum-security prison, a daily confrontation with the nature of society, crime, and violence. Based on his experiences, this book examines the history of prisons in the United States and shows the terrible price a lethal combination of degradation, abuse, and corruption inflicts on inmates and society as a whole. Matlin argues that privatization of the prison industry has led to irreversible tragedy both at home and abroad, weakening our national identity and shattering public trust in the American justice system. Engulfing and enraging, the book challenges…    
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 3/28/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

David Matlin is a novelist, poet, and essayist. He is the author of How the Night is Divided (McPherson & Company, 1993), CHINA BEACH (Station Hill Press of Barrytown, 1998), A HALFMAN DREAMER (Meeting Eyes Bindery : Poetry New York, 1999), IT MIGHT DO WELL WITH STRAWBERRIES (Marick Press, 2009), Prisons: Inside the New America from Vernooykill Creek to Abu Ghraib (North Atlantic Books, 2005), and UP FISH CREEK ROAD & OTHER STORIES (Spuyten Duyvil, 2013). David Matlin teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at San Diego State University.

Poet and novelist Ismael Reed was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on February 22, 1938 and grew up in Buffalo, New York. After attending the State University of New York at Buffalo, he moved to New York City, where he became a co-founder of the East Village Other, a journal of experimental writing. From New York, he moved to Berkeley, California, and started the Yardbird Publishing Company. Reed's fiction draws upon myth, magic, and ritual to produce a literature that attempts to be larger than life. He has been called an ironist, whose explorations of United States history in general and African American history in particular reveal deep scars in the culture that no amount of technology…    

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
Route 209
Masquerades
A Book of Iron
Nerve Endings
Oblivions
Venus and Mars
Point Blank
Extracts
The Call
Keeplock
Gail
Massai
Afterword
Notes
Introduction Source Notes
About the Author