Profiles from Prison: Adjusting to Life Behind Bars

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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"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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The Angolite

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Meet the Author

MICHAEL SANTOS, born in 1964, was arrested in 1987 and convicted of charges related to the sale of cocaine. He was sentenced to serve 45 years. While in prison, he has earned a B.A. and an M.A. at accredited universities, and has published articles and book chapters on life in prison. Not scheduled for release until 2013, he continues to study and write on topics related to prison life and the corrections system.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Series Editors' Preface
Introduction
The School of Crime: Benjamin "Pup" Collier 7
Even the Affluent...: Al Pezlo 21
From Bad to Worse: Ellis Rogers 33
Choosing Prison Over Supervised Release: Billy Williams 43
An Escape from Prison Frustrations: Harvey Ziskis 59
An Inmate-Staff Hybrid: Domingo Morales 73
Living With the Unknown: Iqbal Karimi 87
Learning to Appreciate Classical Music in Prison: Fermin Martin 101
Making a New Start: Don Pappa 113
Goin' Hard in Federal Prison: Joe "Black" Reddick 129
Catchin' Time While Doin' Time: Dorian Jones 141
Becoming an Adult in the Penitentiary: Hector Colon 155
An Educational Transfer to Acquire Computer Skills: Andrew Frison 169
Finding Jesus in Prison: Byron Perymoore Nelson 181
A Hoodlum for Life: Jerry Cohen 197
Seeking Freedom Through Recognition and Acceptance by Others: Seth Ferranti 209
Facing a More Punitive System: Melvin Spears 221
The Professor: Roderick Campbell 235
Twenty-Seven Years of Introspection: John Vincent Baumgarten 249
Conclusion 265
References 271
Index 273
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