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  • Debating the Death Penaltyby Hugo Adam Bedau; Paul G. Cassell

    Oxford University Press, USA 2005; US$ 9.99

    When news breaks that a convicted murderer, released from prison, has killed again, or that an innocent person has escaped the death chamber in light of new DNA evidence, arguments about capital punishment inevitably heat up. Few controversies continue to stir as much emotion as this one, and public confusion is often the result. This volume brings... more...

  • Children in Prisonby Oscar Wilde

    The Floating Press 2013; US$ 1.99

    While Oscar Wilde is now strongly associated with the tone of whimsy that imbues his breezy, effortlessly witty epigrams and essays, the Irish writer and playwright was also a serious thinker who, having been sentenced to two years of hard labor as a punishment for his homosexuality, was deeply engaged with the social issues of his day. This essay,... more...

  • Worse Than Slaveryby David M. Oshinsky

    Free Press 1997; US$ 15.95

    The brutal conditions and inhuman treatment of African-Americans in Southern prisons has been immortalized in blues songs and in such movies as Cool Hand Luke. Now, drawing on police and prison records and oral histories, David M. Oshinsky presents an account of Mississippi?s notorious Parchman Farm; what it tells us about our past is well worth remembering... more...

  • 8 Ball Chicksby Gini Sikes

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.95

    "What stays with the reader is the fear and despair that lie at the bottom of these girls' seeming hearts of stone...Sikes's generous reporting gives voice to young women...who think they  must pass through violence on the road to self respect."-- Elle "Describes an American landscape as strange and harrowing and important as any I know of.  Gini... more...

  • Marching Powderby Rusty Young

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 9.39

    MARCHING POWDER is the story of Thomas McFadden, a small-time English drug smuggler who was arrested in Bolivia and thrown inside the notorious San Pedro prison. He found himself in a bizarre world, the prison reflecting all that is wrong with South American society. Prisoners have to pay an entrance fee and buy their own cells (the alternative is... more...

  • Discipline & Punishby Michel Foucault

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.95

    In this brilliant work, the most influential philosopher since Sartre suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner's body to his soul. more...

  • Woman in Prisonby Caroline H. Woods

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    In the preface to the fascinating volume Woman in Prison, author Caroline H. Adams explains the chance encounter with a classified advertisement that changed the course of her life. It was a help-wanted ad soliciting applicants for the role of prison matron, a type of female warden who oversees the logistical and housekeeping aspects of running a correctional... more...

  • Crimes of Charityby Konrad Bercovici

    The Floating Press 2013; US$ 4.99

    In this thought-provoking volume, author Konrad Bercovici takes an in-depth look at organized charity as it existed in the early twentieth century. Although Bercovici acknowledges that many disadvantaged populations need some sort of assistance to make ends meet, he marshals a series of compelling arguments against the kind of help that fosters dependence... more...

  • Leaving Homeby Samantha Koch; David Koch

    Allen & Unwin 2003; US$ 22.71

    A practical guide for anyone leaving home for the first time. more...

  • Health in Prisonsby L. Moeller

    World Health Organization 2007; US$ 40.00

    Based on the experience of many countries in the WHO European Region and the advice of experts, this guide outlines some of the steps prison systems should take to reduce the public health risks from compulsory detention in often unhealthy situations, to care for prisoners in need and to promote the health of prisoners and prison staff. This requires... more...