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Book Review: American Prison

American Prison:  A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into The Business Of Punishment, by Shane Bauer A lot of this book consists of the author’s attempts to troll a private prison firm by serving as an undercover $9/hr corrections officer at the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander This is not a good book, but it is not as bad a book as it seems to want to be.  Admittedly, I am not the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Understanding Mass Incarceration

Understanding Mass Incarceration:  A People’s Guide To The Key Civil Rights Struggle Of Our Time, by James Kilgore I have yet to read a single book that was labeled as a “people’s guide” or a “people’s history” that was ever … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Tin Ticket

The Tin Ticket:  The Heroic Journey Of Australia’s Convict Women, by Deborah J. Swiss As someone who has read at least a little bit about Australia’s convict women, it is pretty clear that there was both something deeply problematic about … Continue reading

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Book Review: Floating Brothel

Floating Brothel:  The Extraordinary True Story Of An Eighteenth-Century Ship And Its Cargo Of Female Convicts, by Siân Rees Despite the somewhat tawdry aspect of the book’s title, this is a book that seeks to and generally succeeds at presenting … Continue reading

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Book Review: The American Prison: From The Beginning: A Pictorial History

The American Prison:  From The Beginning:  A Pictorial History, published by the American Correctional Association This is both a strange and a compelling pictorial history of American imprisonment, strange because it is rare for a profession to throw themselves under … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Architecture Of Incarceration

Architecture Of Incarceration, edited by Iona Spens I have mixed feelings about this particular book.  On the one hand, I am definitely a part of the target audience that this book is aiming at, and that is people who are … Continue reading

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Book Review: Go To Jail!

Go To Jail!:  A Look At Prisons Through The Ages, by Peter Kent It is hard to figure out who exactly this book is for.  How many children are fascinated by prisons?  I grew up with some understanding of prisons, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Conan Doyle For The Defense

Conan Doyle For The Defense:  The True Story Of A Sensational British Murder, A Quest For Justice, And The World’s Most Famous Detective Novel, by Margalit Fox In general, I have to say that this is a very good book.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: John Ransom’s Andersonville Diary

John Ransom’s Anderson Diary:  Life Inside The Civil War’s Most Infamous Prison, with an introduction by Bruce Catton Admittedly, this particular book is a classic because of what John Ransom wrote about his own experiences in Andersonville (and before that … Continue reading

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