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The over two million men and women incarcerated in penitentiaries and jails have become America’s forgotten population. This extraordinary anthology of autobiographical prison writings brings the reader inside their silent and hidden world.

Culled from more than four hundred submissions nationwide, the thirty-six pieces here represent works by a broad spectrum of prisoners: young and old, unknown and infamous, minimum security check forgers and death row inmates. The authors ...

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Overview

The over two million men and women incarcerated in penitentiaries and jails have become America’s forgotten population. This extraordinary anthology of autobiographical prison writings brings the reader inside their silent and hidden world.

Culled from more than four hundred submissions nationwide, the thirty-six pieces here represent works by a broad spectrum of prisoners: young and old, unknown and infamous, minimum security check forgers and death row inmates. The authors include notorious "Preppie Murderer" Robert Chambers; an elderly truck driver who strangled the woman he professed to love; and a gang member recalling his violent street life. All talk in their own uncensored words about themselves and their families, about their motives and personal demons, about committing crime and doing time.

Just as this collection gives prisoners the rare chance to communicate who they are and what went wrong, it also gives the reader a unique opportunity to see convicts not as hardened criminals but as human beings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555534585
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 10/26/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,171,451
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

JEFF EVANS has written for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Spotlight, Europa Times, and Gist. He lives in New York City.

JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA is a renowned poet, novelist, and screenwriter who served time at San Quentin prison. His works include Immigrants in Our Own Land and Blood In Blood Out. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

CRAIG HANEY is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He specializes in the psychological effects of incarceration and the social histories of those convicted of violent crimes.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
1937 15
The Mystery of Aunt Lilly 19
The Chicken 23
110th Street 26
Where I Come From 29
Invisible 37
I Killed My Wife 39
Turned Out 47
A Shot in the Dark 55
Back in the Dayz 63
Martha 73
End of the Game 76
Revolving Door 87
From From the Inside Out 95
Danny 102
Another Day 107
Reflections from Death Row 112
What It's Like Being a Drag Queen in the Illinois Department of Corrections 118
Prison Break Memoirs 122
Grief behind Bars 127
Christmas: Present 135
What Happened to Your Message? 138
Upon Completing Twenty Years 146
Notes from Life and Death 163
The Ice Man Speaks 168
One Hundred Soldiers 179
A Part of Me Set Free 185
The Prison Pump 194
Freedom from Within 198
Hired at the Last Hour 207
When Student Teaches Teacher 214
Prison as Monastery 216
Joye's Story 220
Salvation 223
Reunion 234
The Tale of a Kite 242
Afterword 245
Editor and Contributors 257
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