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  • Life on the Outsideby Jennifer Gonnerman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005; US$ 18.99

    A groundbreaking work of reportage on the hidden consequences of America's prison boom Life On the Outside tells the story of Elaine Bartlett, who spent sixteen years in Bedford Hills prison for selling cocaine-a first offense under New York's harsh Rockefeller drug laws. The book opens on the morning of January 26, 2000, when she is set free,... more...

  • Gang of One: One Man's Incredible Battle to Find his Missing Daughterby Gary Mulgrew

    Hodder & Stoughton 2012; US$ 10.99

    GANG OF ONE is the remarkable true story of one man's journey from a Glasgow orphanage to a notorious gang-infested prison in Texas. Driven by his desire to return to his son in England and haunted by the increasingly frustrating search for his missing daughter, Gary Mulgrew attempts the impossible task of surviving the prison's gang culture. Told... more...

  • Escape from Alcatrazby J. Campbell Bruce

    Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony 2012; US$ 14.99

    In 1963, just weeks before the original publication of this book, the last prisoner was escorted off Devil's Island and Alcatraz ceased to be a prison. Author J. Campbell Bruce chronicles in spellbinding detail the Rock's transition from a Spanish fort to the maximum-security penitentiary that housed such infamous inmates as Robert Stroud, aka the... more...

  • Blinkby David Leslie; Ian MacDonald

    Mainstream Publishing 2012; US$ 14.09

    As a young man in Glasgow?s underworld, Ian ?Blink? MacDonald fought, robbed and slashed his way to the top, developing a taste for the high life along the way. His notoriety earned him an offer of work from Scotland?s most feared gangster, Arthur Thompson, but MacDonald had other plans: to finance a new life in Spain with the multimillion-pound proceeds... more...

  • The Lone Brit on 13by Christopher Chance

    Mainstream Publishing 2012; US$ 14.09

    The Lone Brit on 13 is a gripping true story of violence, degradation and adventure penned in the confines of a grim Malaga prison cell. Imprisoned for drug-smuggling, the lone Brit on Wing 13, Chance, reveals the horrors he experienced among cut-throat villains and screws in the netherworld of the Spanish prison system.Chance takes to writing in his... more...

  • Carabanchelby Christopher Chance

    Mainstream Publishing 2012; US$ 14.09

    This is a true story of survival in what was arguably the most sinister prison in Europe: the Carabanchel. Christopher Chance was the last Brit to be shackled and hauled out of that infamous Spanish hellhole before it closed its gates on decades of disgraceful cruelty. Along with the rest of the remaining inmates, he was transferred to another prison... more...

  • The Death Penalty in Americaby Hugo Adam Bedau

    Oxford University Press 1998; US$ 34.99 US$ 30.09

    Bedau, the leading authority on the endlessly complex topic of capital punishment, delivers a revision of his celebrated 1982 edition, which the New York Times called the most complete, well-edited and comprehensive collection of readings on the pros and cons of the death penalty. Featuring 40 new essays and updated statistical and research data,... more...

  • Out of Sight, Out of Mindby John Podmore

    Biteback Publishing 2012; US$ 18.94

    At the heart of his book is his conclusion that prison simply does not work, failing on three fundamental levels. The view of the popular media is that when prisoners are locked up they cannot commit crime. This is not true. Podmore shows how crime actually proliferates in prison, how serious organised crime is allowed to flourish there through bad... more...

  • Probationby Rob Canton

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 52.95

    This book provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the work of the probation service. It brings together themes of policy, theory and practice to help students and practitioners to better understand the work of probation, its limitations as well as potential, but above all its value. Setting probation in the context of the criminal... more...

  • Captive Imaginationby Varavara Rao

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 25.48

    Poet, Marxist critic and activist, Varavara Rao (VV) has been continually persecuted by the state and intermittently imprisoned since 1973, but he never stopped writing during all these decades, even from within prison. When he was subjected to ?one thousand days of solitary confinement? during 1985­?89 in Secunderabad Jail, a leading national daily... more...