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Decades behind bars : a 20-year conversation with men in America's prisons

Author: Gaye D Holman
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Beginning in 1994, the author began recording stories of 50 incarcerated felons--17 of them were still in prison 20 years later. The men discuss what it means to commit a serious crime and be confined. The author identifies circumstances that ruin some prisoners and save others and presents insights for possible improvements in the criminal justice system"--

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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gaye D Holman
ISBN: 9781476669236 1476669236
OCLC Number: 964384032
Description: viii, 218 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Preface --
Introduction --
"I'm weary all the time" : an introduction to the men --
"Gnaws at your heart like a worm" : the emotional impact of incarceration --
In the belly of the beast : entering prison --
On the yard : day-to-day life in prison --
In the lion's mouth : crime and rule-breaking within the walls --
Power, respect and the convict code : surviving behind bars --
The past that clings to them : scars of child abuse and neglect --
Desperate connections : family ties --
Two sides of a coin : the man and his crime --
Searching for blue skies : religion behind bars --
The long wait : the parole process --
End of the journey : illness and death in prison --
The patterns of change : results of the study and suggestions for improvement --
The conversation begins : current status of inmate subjects --
Glossary of prison terminology --
Chapter notes --
Bibliography --
Responsibility: Gaye D. Holman.


More than two million people are incarcerated in America's prisons - one in nine is serving a life sentence. Mass long-term imprisonment devours state budgets, adversely affects community well-being  Read more...


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