Title: Prisons: Inside the New America: From Vernooykill Creek to Abu Ghraib
Author(s): David Matlin
Topic(s): Political Science, United States, Judicial Branch, American Government, Penology, History, Social Science
Details: This powerful exposè reveals how America’s ailing prison system undermines the public trust. For ten years, David Matlin taught at a maximum-security prison, where he confronted daily the nature of society, crime, and violence. Based on his experiences, this book examines the history of prisons in the United States and shows the terrible price a lethal combination of degradation, abuse, and corruption inflicts on inmates and society as a whole. Matlin argues that privatization of the prison industry has led to irreversible tragedy both at home and abroad, weakening our national identity and shattering public trust in the American justice system. Engulfing and enraging, the book challenges readers to take a long look at the culture of crime and punishment.
Fast Tags: Prisoners–Education, United States, Prisons