9780312343507

Inside Life Behind Bars in America

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  • ISBN13:

    9780312343507

  • ISBN10:

    0312343507

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-06-26
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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Summary

American jails and prisons confine nearly 13.5 million people each year. Despite these disturbing numbers, little is known about life inside beyond the mythology of popular culture. Michael G. Santos, a federal prisoner nearing the end of his second decade of continuous confinement, documents the lives of the men warehoused in the American prison system. Inside: Life Behind Bars in America , his first book for the general public, takes us behind those bars andinto the chaos of the cellblock. Capturing the voices of his fellow prisoners with perfect pitch, Santos makes the tragic'and at times inspiring'stories of men from the toughest gang leaders to the richest Wall Street criminals come alive. From drug schemes, murders for hire, and even a prostitution ring that trades on the flesh of female prison guards, this book contains the never-before-seen details of prison life that at last illuminate the varied ways in which men experience life behind bars in America.

Author Biography

Michael G. Santos was convicted in 1987, at the age of twenty-three, of crimes relating to his participation in a drug-trafficking scheme and sentenced to forty-five years in prison. He has earned a bachelor of arts and a master of arts. He contributes to an extensive Web site at www.michaelsantos.net as a resource for those who seek to understand the prison system and the people it holds. He is currently designated to the Federal Prison Camp in Lompoc, California, and based on his impeccable disciplinary record, looks forward to his release in 2013.

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“More than just a seamy look at prison life. A chilling, timely portrayal.”—New York Times Book Review
 
Inside is actually two books. The red meat of the book is a collection of more than 100 prisoners' accounts, including every gruesome detail… But between shocking tales of inmate misbehavior are Santos' convincing theories about what it all means.”—Sean Bosker, New York Post
 
“The tone and his focus on other inmates' experiences rather than his own lend the book weight and authenticity, opening a window onto the corrupt, violent and ultimately counter-productive society of American prisons.”—Edward Humes, Los Angeles Times
 
“Shocking and illuminating.” —Publishers Weekly
 
Inside is not recommended for the faint at heart. Santos eloquently and engagingly captures the subculture of the prisoner. Inside is a must-read.” —Sam Torres, Ph.D., Professor of Criminal Justice, California State University, Long Beach, and Senior U.S. Probation Officer (Ret.)

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