This unique text provides accurate descriptions of prisons and prison life, written by a prisoner sentenced to life, who uses the pseudonym "K. C. Carceral" to hide his identity for protection. With the assistance of editors Thomas Bernard, Leanne F. Alarid, Bruce Bikle, and Alene Bikle, this book presents a gripping, and often graphic, portrayal of life in prison. This narrative presentation of such topics as prison violence, friendships, sexual mores, and serving time includes graphic language and situations. Through the powerful personal experiences of the author, readers are better equipped to develop informed opinions about the American prison system.
K. C. Carceral is an inmate in prison serving a life sentence.
Thomas J. Bernard is professor of Crime, Law and Justice at Pennsylvania State University. His work has focused primarily on criminology and criminal justice theory and on juvenile justice.
Leanne Fiftal Alarid is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas-El Paso. She double majored in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado where she earned a B.A. in 1989. She worked in Denver as a counselor in a girls group home and as a case manager at an adult halfway house before returning to school to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She was on the faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 1996-2006, and at the University of Texas at San Antonio from 2006-2013. Her research areas are post-conviction offender behavior, issues of mentally ill offenders, and correctional policy. She has also partnered with a number of criminal justice agencies as a researcher, consultant, and program evaluator. Alarid has authored more than forty journal articles and book chapters. She has co-authored/co-edited six books and received the Fellow Award by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in 2011 for her outstanding contribution to criminal justice education and service.
Bruce Bikle Ph.D. (Public Administration and Policy, Portland State University) comes to his current position at the California State University Sacramento after a career in law enforcement and corrections in Hawaii, California, Oregon and Washington. His interests include correctional policy, inmate programs, management of correctional programs and direct supervision jails.
Alene Bikle has a BA in journalism (University of Oregon, 1967). She has written for a variety of publications and has also coordinated public relations campaigns for local and statewide non-profit organizations. Her main interest lies in communicating "small" stories and tales about ordinary people to a broad audience, with the belief that by sharing and learning about others' lives, we find the links that lead to understanding and empathy.
Dedication. Acknowledgements. Foreward. Prelude On Escapism: "Reality Is What You Make It". Part I: IN THE BEGINNING. Introduction to Part I. 1. He's One of Ours Now. 2. A and E. 3. Prison Proper. 4. How I Got My Rep. Discussion of Part I. Part II: PRISON LIFE. Introduction to Part II. 5. Control. 6. Time. 7. Politics. 8. Economics. 9. The Christmas Chicken Caper. 10. Third World Medical. 11. Sex. 12. The Barbershop Sex Scandal. Discussion of Part II. Part III: THE DISEASE OF VIOLENCE. Introduction to Part III. 13. Racism and Hatred. 14. Segregation. 15. Retaliation. 16. Gangs. Discussion of Part III. Part IV: CONCLUSIONS. 17. Correctional Policy and Prison Crowding. Discussion of Part IV. Appendix A: A Theory of the Toxic Shamed Criminal. Discussion of Appendix A. Appendix B: Glossary of Prison-Proper Terms.