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Fourth city : essays from the prison in America

Author: Doran Larson
Publisher: East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, 2013.
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Overview: At 2.26 million, incarcerated Americans not only outnumber the nation's fourth-largest city, they make up a national constituency bound by a shared condition. Fourth City: Essays from the Prison in America presents more than seventy essays from twenty-seven states, written by incarcerated Americans chronicling their experience inside. In essays as moving as they are eloquent, the authors speak out against  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Doran Larson
ISBN: 9781611861075 1611861071
OCLC Number: 841206039
Description: xi, 338 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction: American prison writer as witness --
Part 1: Life On The Streets Of Prison City: --
Life: --
Introduction --
Concrete carnival / Danner Darcleight --
Perspective on prison / Michael B Beverley --
Inmate Jane Doe / Markeithia R Reevez --
Transsexual in prison / Catherine Lynn Quick --
Friendship / George Whitham --
How some men find love / Corey John Richardson --
Art of aggression / Jose Di Lenola --
Ticket In: --
Shaping of a convict / Julius Kimya Humphrey, Sr --
Coping with life in prison city: --
Introduction: --
It could be me / A Whitfield --
Lesson in language / Robert F Piwowar --
One small voice through the wall / Martin G Gann --
Food for thought / B G Jacobs --
Renaissance / Stephen Whetzel --
Impermanence / Dean Faiello --
Ticket In: --
Lessons in stupidity / Steven King Ainsworth --
Seeking peace in prison city: --
Introduction --
Inspiration / Diana Waggy --
Evolution of a dreamer / Terrence Sampson --
Beginnings / Shelley Mac --
Therapeutic nature of art in prison / Michael Crawford --
Bread and water vegan: struggling for health and humanity inside prison / Intelligent Allah --
Meditation / Steven F Lomas --
Ticket In: --
History of my gambling addiction / John H Schmidt --
Family life in and from prison city: --
Introduction --
Life without children / Linda Field --
Prison or kids: it's not a joke / Running Water --
Mother-daughter in prison / Anonymous --
Incarcerated father / Andrew R Sumahit, Jr --
Choices/consequences / Marisol Garcia --
Letter / Stephen Whetzel --
Inmate and the prison guard / Jarvis Jay Masters --
In sanatorium / Dean Faiello --
Hidden cost / Peter Mehmel --
Father alert: how prisons destroy families / Corey John Richardson --
Ticket In: --
Mentality of an incarcerated criminal / Rahasheem Brown --
Part 2: Rules Of Law, Policy, And Practice In Prison City: --
Inside justice and injustice: --
Introduction --
Left behind / Chastity C West --
Special prosecutor / Richard Alan Abood Lyon --
JCF welcome / A Whitfield --
Doris / Jane Dorotik --
Ordeal / Sandy --
My voice through the prison wall / Ricky Vincent Pendleton II --
Survivor testimony / Valjean Royal --
Back to Attica / Corey John Richardson --
Kite Out: --
Fifteen years since inception / Brandon Martinez --
Civic dysfunction and its critics: --
Introduction --
Trouble with prison / Kenneth E Hartman --
Why are we a nation of prisons? / Charles Hammer --
Real life in prison / Royal Gene Domingo Jones, Sr --
23 and I / Shaka Senghor --
More perfect union / Ronald (Rashawn) Hughes --
Reflection on the work of dealing with time / Curtis L Downing --
Calif lifers search for parole / Jane Dorotik --
Bolshayazona (Big prison zone) / Jon Marc Taylor --
Kite Out: --
Visions of the night / Steven G Avaloy --
Mental and physical health care: --
Introduction --
Life, health care, prisons, and cutting costs / Sundiata Acoli --
HIV in the South Carolina Department of Corrections / Topcat --
Mental and physical health care in prison / Colleen O'Brien --
Mass-producing mentally ill citizens in America's prisons / Andrew Jackson Smith --
Medical treatment / Anthony Powers --
Kite Out: --
Message to the incarcerated Muslim / Shakkir Talib Mujahid --
Community activists: --
Introduction --
From public enemy to enemy of the state / Robert Saleem Holbrook --
Convict activist/Convict vote / Corey John Richardson --
When is it enough? / Larry G Rocky Harris --
Trouble with prison reformers / Kenneth E Hartman --
Kite Out: --
Life on the inside / Karter Kane Reed --
Prison and reentry programs: --
Introduction --
Power of education / Randall Louis Cole --
Notes from the underground / DeShawn Cooper --
Enduring prison inspires hope and change / Edward C Shelley --
My greatest fear / Jason A Daugherty --
Recidivism: Need for transitioning guidance / Connie Gibbs --
Smoothing the road: the formerly incarcerated get a helping hand / Intelligent Allah --
Post-release programs and gender variant people / Valjean Royal --
Every morning / James Castrillo --
Epilogue: --
Getting out: notes from the road / Danner Darcleight --
Editor's afterword --
Glossary --
Further reading --
Notes on contributors --
Index.
Responsibility: edited by Doran Larson.

Abstract:

Overview: At 2.26 million, incarcerated Americans not only outnumber the nation's fourth-largest city, they make up a national constituency bound by a shared condition. Fourth City: Essays from the Prison in America presents more than seventy essays from twenty-seven states, written by incarcerated Americans chronicling their experience inside. In essays as moving as they are eloquent, the authors speak out against a national prison complex that fails so badly at the task of rehabilitation that 60% of the 650,000 Americans released each year return to prison. These essays document the authors' efforts at self-help, the institutional resistance such efforts meet at nearly every turn, and the impact, in money and lives, that this resistance has on the public. Directly confronting the images of prisons and prisoners manufactured by popular media, so-called reality TV, and for-profit local and national news sources, Fourth City recognizes American prisoners as our primary, frontline witnesses to the dysfunction of the largest prison system on earth. Filled with deeply personal stories of coping, survival, resistance, and transformation, Fourth City should be read by every American who believes that law should achieve order in the cause of justice rather than at its cost.

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