When Boston politician Joseph Timilty was sent to the Schuylkill federal correctional institution to serve a four-month term because he refused to pull anyone else into the political dragnet he had been caught up in, he accepted his situation with dignity and courage. If he could survive four months with the marines at Parris Island, he told his family, he could survive this.
For the next four months, he kept a secret diary that he smuggled out of prison in coded notes and letters to his wife. Intimate, poignant, and frequently hilarious, Prison Journal: An Irreverent Look at Life on the Inside is a compilation of his observations about his arrest and trial, his life in prison, and the aftereffects of his experiences. The book captures the paradox of prison life, a potent cocktail of high drama and dark comedy infused with exasperating ironies and inanities that will alternately make you laugh and cry.
An intriguing memoir of a life-changing experience, Prison Journal provides an eye-opening look at a senseless system that squanders countless dollars on rigid bureaucracy and hypocritical rehabilitation efforts. And nine insightful recommendations look to move the prison system beyond the wasteful warehousing of nonviolent offenders to healing social wounds.
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About the Author
Joseph Timilty is a former Boston city councilor who served five terms as Massachusetts state senator and ran three close races for mayor of Boston. He is known for his progressive legislation and his advocacy for affordable housing. Currently living in Canton, Massachusetts, he is a lobbyist who represents clients before the Massachusetts legislature.
After being convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud in a condominium development project in 1993, he secretly kept a journal during his four-month incarceration at the Schuylkill federal correctional facility in Minersville, Pennsylvania. Prison Journal: An Irreverent Look at Life on the Inside compiles his observations about his arrest and trial, his life in prison, and the aftereffects of his experiences.