Undoing Time: American Prisoners in Their Own Words

Undoing Time: American Prisoners in Their Own Words

by Jeff Evans
     
 

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Gathered from more than four hundred submissions nationwide, the thirty-nine pieces in this updated and expanded digital edition represent works by a broad spectrum of prisoners: young and old, unknown and infamous, minimum security check forgers and death row inmates. Included are works by notorious "Preppie Murderer" Robert Chambers; former Latin Kings member Lalo… See more details below

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Gathered from more than four hundred submissions nationwide, the thirty-nine pieces in this updated and expanded digital edition represent works by a broad spectrum of prisoners: young and old, unknown and infamous, minimum security check forgers and death row inmates. Included are works by notorious "Preppie Murderer" Robert Chambers; former Latin Kings member Lalo Gomez; and serial murderer Michael Ross, the first person to be executed in New England since 1960. All write 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 might have gone wrong, it also gives the reader a unique opportunity to see convicts not as hardened criminals but as human beings.

Editorial Reviews

Newsday - Corey Robin
“Unlike other literati who have romanticized prisoners as repressed, unhappy artists—Norman Mailer’s championing of convicted murderer Jack Henry Abbott immediately comes to mind—Evans is not interested in prettifying anyone’s record. The selections he has chosen offer harrowing portraits of criminal viciousness.”
Criminal Justice Review - Karol Lucken
“Humanizes what the media and politicians have thoroughly dehumanized...sincere and compelling....Pivotal moments in personal histories, fond and traumatic memories, raw fear, and other dynamics that no bystander could truly access are at the heart of this anthology.”
Public Defense Backup Center Report - Barbara DeMille
“...frank admissions of guilt, some remorse, a great deal of yearning, and, in spite of a past filled with obstacles and bad choices, a preponderance of hope.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013810747
Publisher:
Civita Press
Publication date:
11/14/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
262
File size:
1 MB

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