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  • The Prison Book Clubby Ann Walmsley

    Oneworld Publications 2015; US$ 12.99

    After Ann Walmsley was mugged near her house in Hampstead, she found she was unable to walk alone down the street and it shook her belief in the fundamental goodness of people. In Canada a few years later, when her friend Carol asked her to participate in a bold new venture in a men?s medium security prison, Ann had to weigh her curiosity and desire... more...

  • Sick Justiceby Ivan G Goldman

    Potomac Books 2013; US$ 29.95

    In America, 2.3 million people?a population about the size of Houston?s, the country?s fourth-largest city?live behind bars. Sick Justice explores the economic, social, and political forces that hijacked the criminal justice system to create this bizarre situation. Presenting frightening true stories of (sometimes wrongfully) incarcerated individuals,... more...

  • Hell Is a Very Small Placeby Jean Casella; James Ridgeway; Sarah Shourd

    The New Press 2016; US$ 25.99

    The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has denounced the use of solitary confinement beyond fifteen days as a form of cruel and degrading treatment that often rises to the level of torture. Yet the United States holds more than eighty thousand people in isolation on any given day. Now sixteen authors vividly describe the miserable realities of life... more...

  • Angels with Dirty Facesby Walidah Imarisha

    AK Press 2016; US$ 15.99

    The question of what to do with? rapists and murderers stops being rhetorical when they are the people you love. more...

  • Captive Nationby Dan Berger

    The University of North Carolina Press 2014; US$ 19.99

    In this pathbreaking book, Dan Berger offers a bold reconsideration of twentieth century black activism, the prison system, and the origins of mass incarceration. Throughout the civil rights era, black activists thrust the prison into public view, turning prisoners into symbols of racial oppression while arguing that confinement was an inescapable... more...

  • Thinking about Crimeby Michael Tonry

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 14.99

    Seamlessly blending history with an easy presentation of day-to-day realities and empirical evidence, Tonry proposes tangible, specific solutions that can serve as a platform for the reform of a criminal justice system no one would knowingly have chosen yet one that no one seems able to change. more...

  • Out of Orangeby Cleary Wolters

    HarperCollins 2015; US$ 11.99

    The real-life Alex Vause from the critically acclaimed, top-rated Netflix show Orange Is the New Black tells her story in her own words for the first time?a powerful, surprising memoir about crime and punishment, friendship and marriage, and a life caught in the ruinous drug trade and beyond. Fans nationwide have fallen in love with Orange Is... more...

  • Andersonvilleby John McElroy

    Digital Scanning, Inc. 2000; US$ 4.95

    A reprint edition of the 1879 title. The years 1864-65 were a season of desperate battles, but in that time many more Union soldiers died of starvation and exposure than were killed by cannon and rifle. more...

  • Prison Life in Dixieby Sergeant Oats

    Digital Scanning, Inc. 2000; US$ 3.95

    The author describes his harrowing capture and imprisonment by the Rebels at Sumter Prison a.k.a. ?Andersonville Prison Pen?. Renowned as one of the worst prisons of the Civil War, the Andersonville pen spread over only 11 acres, with a 12-foot wall surrounding over 33,000 Union soldiers. Jumping from a moving train to escape, Oats and his companion... more...

  • You Got Nothing Comingby Jimmy A. Lerner

    Crown/Archetype 2002; US$ 23.00

    A memoir of astonishing power?the true story of a middle-class, middle-aged man who fell into the Inferno of the American prison system, and what he has to do to survive. It is your worst nightmare. You wake up in an 8' x 6' concrete-and-steel cell designated "Suicide Watch #3." The cell is real. Jimmy Lerner, formerly a suburban husband and father,... more...