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.
Santos offers the gripping stories of men serving a variety of terms, providing commentary and analysis as he guides readers through the prison experience.
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Title: Profiles from Prison: Adjusting to Life Behind Bars
Author: Michael G. Santos
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Date Published: June 2003
Table of Contents:
|Series Editors' Preface|
|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|
From the Publisher
"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."
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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