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NCJ Number: 181810 Find in a Library
Title: Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing
Editor(s): Bell G. Chevigny
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 376
Sponsoring Agency: Arcade Publishing, Inc
New York, NY
Publication Number: ISBN 1-55970-478-0
Sale Source: Arcade Publishing, Inc
New York, NY
United States of America
Type: Collected Work
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The 51 prisoners contributing to this volume have written stories, lyrics, and dispatches that characterize the world of crime and life in prison.
Abstract: The selections cover the life span of imprisonment, from terrifying initiations to deadly routines, inmate hustling, friendships, charged confrontations with family and the world outside, and death row. The selections reveal a universe of unspoken rules, treacherous codes, reversals, and extraordinary breakthroughs. They also reflect the revolution in corrections in recent decades, from the relatively liberal and rehabilitative spirit of the 1970's to the harshly punitive approach that currently prevails. The prison writings are divided into experiential categories that cover coming to terms with expanded and emptied time, deadening routines and ways in which they are ruptured, work, education, games and hustles, race relations, family interactions, recall and evocation of the outside world, ways of getting out of prison, and death row. Notes
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Adjustment to prison; Death row inmates; Incarceration; Inmate attitudes; Inmate misconduct; Inmate society relations; Prison climate; Prison conditions
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