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  • Comparing Prison Systemsby Nigel South; Robert P. Weiss

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 77.95

    This book provides in-depth, orignal and critical analyses by leading scholars of the penal systems of 16 nations around the world, focusing on changes in social structure, culture and punishment since 1975. Contributors provide an international and comparative context in which to understand the impact of recent profound economic, social and political... more...

  • Psychoanalysis, Violence and Rage-Type Murderby Duncan Cartwright

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 42.95

    What turns an apparently 'normal' individual into a killer? Many people who commit "rage type" murders have no history of violence. Using psychoanalytic theory and a number of case studies, this book isolates key psychological factors that appear to help explain why such acts of extreme violence occur. Starting from a psychoanalytic standpoint, Psychoanalysis,... more...

  • Borstal Boyby Brendan Behan

    Random House 2009; US$ 14.38

    'I have him bitched, balloxed and bewildered, for there's a system and a science in taking the piss out of a screw and I'm a well-trained man at it.' So writes Brendan Behan, poet, writer and literary legend, of the episode that coloured his life. Arrested in Liverpool as an agitator for the IRA, he was tried and sent to reform school.... more...

  • 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...

  • Blinkby David Leslie; Ian MacDonald

    Mainstream Publishing 2012; US$ 15.98

    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... more...

  • The Lone Brit on 13by Christopher Chance

    Mainstream Publishing 2012; US$ 15.98

    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... more...

  • Carabanchelby Christopher Chance

    Mainstream Publishing 2012; US$ 15.98

    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...

  • Banged Up Abroad: Hellholeby James Miles; Paul Loseby

    Ebury Publishing 2011; US$ 12.78

    'There are 3,000 drugged-up psychopaths, armed to the teeth with blades, shooters and bombs. That's the only way I can describe Yare. It's a murderous viper's nest of assassins, cut throats and killers.' When James Miles and his best friend Paul Loseby were caught smuggling ten kilos of cocaine out of Caracas, Venezuela, they couldn't... more...

  • Hard Timeby Shaun Attwood

    Mainstream Publishing 2011; US$ 15.98

    Using a golf pencil sharpened on a cell wall, Shaun Attwood wrote one of the first prison blogs, Jon's Jail Journal , excerpts of which were published in The Guardian and attracted international media attention. Brought up in England, Shaun took his business degree to Phoenix, Arizona, where he became an award winning stockbroker and... more...

  • In the Shadow of Papillonby Frank Kane; John Tilsley

    Mainstream Publishing 2012; US$ 12.78

    Following the collapse of his business and the loss of his home, Frank Kane made a catastrophic decision. In desperation, he agreed to smuggle cocaine out of Venezuela. Almost inevitably, he and his girlfriend, Sam, were caught. The price they paid was a ten-year sentence in the hell of the overcrowded Venezuelan prison system, notorious... more...