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This unique book provides accurate descriptions of prisons and prison life, written by a prisoner sentenced to life, who uses the pseudonym "K. C. Carceral" to hide his identity for protection. With the assistance of editors Thomas Bernard, Leanne F. Alarid, Bruce Bikle, and Alene Bikle, this book presents a gripping, and often graphic, portrayal of life in prison. This narrative presentation of such topics as prison violence, friendships, sexual mores, and serving time includes graphic language and situations. Through the powerful personal experiences of the author, readers are better equipped to develop informed opinions about the American prison system. Inspired to write about his experiences in prison, Carceral sought the help of noted academics, including Thomas Bernard, to create a powerful and informative narrative. This is the first textbook written by a life-sentenced inmate. Bernard, along with editors Leanne F. Alarid, Bruce Bikle and Alene Bikle developed the manuscript to ensure its suitability for classroom use in colleges and universities. The wide range of topics covered includes entrance into prison; prison life, including violence in prisons; dealing with time; prison politics and economics; sex, racism, retaliation, and gangs.
Table of Contents
|Prelude On Escapism: "Reality Is What You Make It"|
|Part I: IN THE BEGINNING|
|Introduction to Part I|
|1. He's One of Ours Now|
|2. A and E|
|3. Prison Proper|
|4. How I Got My Rep|
|Discussion of Part I|
|Part II: PRISON LIFE|
|Introduction to Part II|
|9. The Christmas Chicken Caper|
|10. Third World Medical|
|12. The Barbershop Sex Scandal|
|Discussion of Part II|
|Part III: THE DISEASE OF VIOLENCE|
|Introduction to Part III|
|13. Racism and Hatred|
|Discussion of Part III|
|Part IV: CONCLUSIONS|
|17. Correctional Policy and Prison Crowding|
|Discussion of Chapter 17. Appendix A: A Theory of the Toxic Shamed Criminal|
|Discussion of Appendix A|
|Appendix B: Glossary of Prison-Proper Terms|