State Raised: A Deep Look Into the World of Prison

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On March 11, 1994, nineteen-year-old Matt Wright was sentenced to serve forty-one years in the Washington State Department of Corrections for first-degree murder. Wright shares his honest perspectives and sometimes shocking personal experiences as he takes a fascinating look into the real world of prison life.

Wright pulls no punches as he tells about an institution manipulated by drugs, politics, violence, gangs, and fear, where every action is scrutinized. He doesn't sugarcoat...

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Overview

On March 11, 1994, nineteen-year-old Matt Wright was sentenced to serve forty-one years in the Washington State Department of Corrections for first-degree murder. Wright shares his honest perspectives and sometimes shocking personal experiences as he takes a fascinating look into the real world of prison life.

Wright pulls no punches as he tells about an institution manipulated by drugs, politics, violence, gangs, and fear, where every action is scrutinized. He doesn't sugarcoat his vivid descriptions about long nights, hollow cells, strip searches, and predators, yet he also manages to show the good side of prison by sharing lessons learned, betterment programs offered, and heartfelt actions by generous staff. By including the stories of five prisoners with different backgrounds, Wright proves that each inmate experiences prison life very differently. Finally, he shares the touching words of his now-deceased sister, Katie, who provides a firsthand account of the trauma she suffered after his arrest and the strength she subsequently gained as a result.

One day Matt Wright will go home, and this will not be his life. For those about to enter prison and for their families they left behind, Wright has provided the information needed to help ease into a new life behind walls.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595436217
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    Like I was there

    I have been inside. Wright shares the stories of men like me, and those I knew. Few people really know what it is like. We are out of sight, out of mind for you. Yet we are alive. We exist. We are there. What do you know of us? Learn about us in this masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2008

    Spot-On Story

    This book tells it like it is. Stories from inmates themselves really move you. The story of Katie is very powerful. If you think you know about prison life, try reading State Raised and you will discover a wealth of new experiences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2008

    Really informative book.

    This is really a good how to prepare book for someone with a loved one already incarcerated and wondering what it's like. Or for an individual that's headed that way. I have decided to do a paper on this book for my law class.

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