Profiles from Prison: Adjusting to Life Behind Bars

Profiles from Prison: Adjusting to Life Behind Bars

by Michael G. Santos
     
 

Written by an inmate serving 45 years for a drug conviction when he was 23, this is an in-depth view living behind bars from the perspective of prisoners themselves. Sections of the book are based on length of imprisonment. Prisoners in Fort Dix, N.J., detail their unique experiences, thoughts, and feelings about life on the inside. Some describe the actions that

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Written by an inmate serving 45 years for a drug conviction when he was 23, this is an in-depth view living behind bars from the perspective of prisoners themselves. Sections of the book are based on length of imprisonment. Prisoners in Fort Dix, N.J., detail their unique experiences, thoughts, and feelings about life on the inside. Some describe the actions that lead to their confinement, or detail the complexities of living in all-male communities. Others reveal the ways they cope with their terms, or the expectations they have for life after prison.

Santos offers the gripping stories of men serving a variety of terms, providing commentary and analysis as he guides readers through the prison experience. How men adjust to their confinement, and how they utilize their time while serving their sentences, can be a predictor of future success or failure both in prison and society upon their release. Through these often-difficult accounts, readers gain a greater understanding of what it means to be a prisoner, and how the system itself can contribute to both positive adjustment and negative outcomes alike.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Profiles from Prison makes an important contribution to prison community literature and adds to the corpus of information about federal prisons. Written in journalistic style, it is accessible to a wide audience….[t]his book should be read by the lay public, legislatures, and employees of the criminal justice system in order to see prisoners as human beings….As a society, we have a moral and economic responsibility to do things differently. Profiles from Prison clearly and emphatically illustrates this point."

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Criminal Justice Review

"Santos offers a fascinating, authoritative mosaic of prison life. Other prisoner writings tend to be self-serving memoirs or rants against the system, but Profiles has an objective viewpoint and a unique structure—19 profiles or people from various backgrounds with a variety of sentences and times served."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275978891
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2003
Series:
Criminal Justice, Delinquency, and Corrections Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
298
Sales rank:
1,463,819
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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